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Church of St Denys, Lisvane

Description: Church of St Denys

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 January 1963
Cadw Building ID: 13867

OS Grid Coordinates: 319150, 183059
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5402, -3.1659

Location: Saint Mellons Road, Lisvane CF14 0SJ

Locality: Lisvane
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF14 0SJ

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Listing Text

On the very E edge of the developed part of Lisvane.

Mainly C14. Church was virtually derelict in mid C19. Revival began 1861 and full restoration carried out in 1878 at a cost of 500 under Revd Thomas Rees, with windows in Gothic Revival Perpendicular or Decorated. Records show as well as alterations to windows, also doors, floors and furnishings were renewed, the burial ground was levelled with new paths laid out and a wall provided for the churchyard; a service was held to mark completion of work. Living is traditionally alternately in the gift of the Earl of Plymouth and the Kemys Tynte family of Cefn Mably. Further fittings were added and additions made 1920s and 30s when much of Lisvane was being developed. Re-ordered in 1979 with N transept and hall extension by Berwyn Thomas; at this time the altar was moved to face obliquely down transept and nave, with choir re-sited in former sanctuary.

Interior walls have lost their plaster though the plastered ceiling to the barrelled roof is retained. Plain chamfered wide pointed chancel arch and similar to N transept, the two orders dying into the single-chamfered imposts. Squint between transept and chancel on N side. Deep splays to the windows. Tower arch has voussoirs; the tower timbers have been renewed but are chamfered and stopped. Benefaction Board of W Davies of Caerphilly, lozenge shaped plaque of 1802; simple early C19 plaques on either side of window; Frank Roper sanctuary statue from re-ordering of 1979. Small octagonal font on a circular shaft. Reported as retaining 3 C18 bells possibly cast by Evans of Chepstow.

Church comprising nave, chancel with lower roof, unusually sited SE porch, SW tower and NE vestry with extension. Of stone rubble with ashlar dresssings and Welsh slate roof. Unbuttressed tower has saddleback roof and battered walls; corbelled string and paired belfry lights in chamfered square headed surrounds, cusped lights to W, with plain, small, single lights to tower chamber below; segmental arched doorway of dressed stone on ground floor. S nave wall is battered towards the base; two restored square-headed windows, internally with deep reveals, W of porch. Porch with chamfered arched entrance, slate gabled roof, internal benches and stone flagged floor, blocked door; E of porch, a small C19 single-light nave window with cinquefoil head. SE wall of chancel has square-headed C19 window of 2 cusped lights; E window of 2 lights with quatrefoil tracery under a pointed hood. NE vestry now extended has a window of two cusped lights at NE; no windows to W or in N nave.

Reason for Listing
Listed II*as an important medieval parish church within the area round Cardiff.

Dowse L, Llanishen and Lisvane, 1972;
Newman J, Buildings of Wales Series: Glamorgan, 1995;
Rees K, and Thomas DP, The History and Archaeology of Lisvane Parish Church;
Riden P and Edwards K, Farmers and Farms in Lisvane 1850-1950, 1993.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

On the very E edge of the developed part of Lisvane.

Source: Cadw

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