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Church of St Tecla

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandegla, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0631 / 53°3'47"N

Longitude: -3.2012 / 3°12'4"W

OS Eastings: 319597

OS Northings: 352438

OS Grid: SJ195524

Mapcode National: GBR 6X.C2VL

Mapcode Global: WH77Q.S8SL

Entry Name: Church of St Tecla

Listing Date: 5 February 1998

Last Amended: 5 February 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19305

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In the centre of the village of Llandegla, in a walled and gated churchyard.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Ruthin

Community: Llandegla

Community: Llandegla

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

During the C19 the ownership of the Bodidris estate passed to the Williams family of Bodelwyddan Castle who became local benefactors. Built in 1866, the Gothic Revival church at Llandegla was paid for by Margaret, Lady Willoughby de Broke, sister of Sir Hugh Williams. The architect was almost certainly John Gibson, who had previously designed the famous estate church at Bodelwyddan.

Exterior

Rubble stone with slate roof and stone gable copings. Decorated style. Nave and chancel under one roof, with W bellcote. Porch to S has steeply pitched gabled roof with stone coping; plain buttresses at the junction with the nave are linked to set-back buttresses either side of entrance by string courses, which also run above the moulded plinth. Pointed-arched entrance doorway with dripmould; round-lobed trefoil window to upper gable. Diagonally boarded door with decorative cast iron strap hinge. To right of porch, S front has three two-light trefoil headed windows with tracery of two long-lobed trefoils and a quatrefoil. Window heads have hoodmoulds, label stops enriched by floral decoration. E gable has big three-light trefoil-headed window with, most unusually, trefoils also at base; tracery in Decorated style with two trefoils, two multifoils and three quatrefoils. Above the E window is another small quatrefoil in the upper gable, and at the apex an iron cross. N side: gabled vestry to W with two-light mullion window in gable-end, side entrance has doorway with shouldered arch in ashlar, diagonally boarded door. Vestry chimney has raking cap and projects into nave roof. To right, three pointed arched windows as before. W elevation has window of three trefoiled lights with tracery of C19 decorated form including a circle enclosing three trefoils. Above a trefoil in the upper gable. Bellcote has raking offsets, four-centred arched bell opening and fleur-de-lys shaped coping.

Interior

Nave roof of 5 bays; deep-arched collar trusses with trefoil high above collar, trusses spring from heavily moulded corbels, with ashlar pieces at wall-plate level. Big plain Gothic arch encloses E window, with panelled reredos screen below. Simple close-boarded pews with shaped ends. Brass altar rail with spiral-twist columns and branched upper scroll supports. Pulpit has octagonal wooden drum, tapered at stem, the panels richly carved with blind tracery consisting of pairs of cinquefoil headed arches with quatrefoils above. Very fine late-medieval brass chandelier: two tiers of branches, one of four, one of eight stems decorated with swirling foliage; crowned by figure of Virgin Mary, below a beast head with ring. Fine late-medieval font with pronounced roll mouldings: octagonal bowl with relief decoration of sacred and abstract symbols in panels springs from waisted octagonal stem on C19 square plinth. Stained glass: E window of 1800 by Francis Eginton (originally part of a bigger window brought from St Asaph Cathedral); Christ in vibrant red robe contemplates a vision of the future; blue robed angel with chalice above, cherubs with Instruments of the Passion either side. N nave has mid-C20 2-light window of St George and St Michael (1939-45 war memorial to Glyn Price and Frank Campbell Jones).

Reasons for Listing

A well-proportioned Gothic Revival church, incorporating interior features of very special interest, set in a prominent location in Llandegla village.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II War Memorial at St Tecla’s Church
    On the south eastern corner of the churchyard at St Tecla’s Church, opposite the former schoolhouse.
  • II Llandegla School and Former Schoolhouse
    Opposite the church in the centre of the village of Llandegla, on the S side the minor road.
  • II Bridge at Llandegla
    Bridge over the River Alyn, on the outskirts of village of Llandegla on the minor road leading W past church.
  • II Gardener's Cottage, Laundry Cottage and Barn to South-west of Bodidris
    Some 100m SW of Bodidris, forming the N side of a courtyard group, bounded to the east by a range which includes former Stable Block (Bodidris Cottage, Grooms Cottage, and studio flat); to the west by
  • II* Old Stable Block and Bodidris Cottage to South-west of Bodidris
    Some 100m SW of Bodidris, forming the E side of a courtyard group, bounded to the north by a range which includes Laundry Cottage, Gardener's Cottage and the Barn; to the west by the Bothy and shelter
  • II Shelter Shed to South-west of Bodidris
    Forms part of a group of outbuildings to the SW of Bodidris. The shelter shed is attached to N end of C16 house (former stable block, to E of courtyard).
  • II Garden Wall at Bodidris
    Approximately 2 km NE of Llandegla, forming a boundary wall to the garden to N of Bodidris.
  • II* Bodidris
    Approximately 2 km NE of Llandegla, at the end of a narrow lane leading N from the A 5104, occupying a commanding hillside position with a walled garden to north and listed estate buildings to south-w

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