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Vicarage to Parish Church of St Mark

A Grade II Listed Building in Gabalfa, Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5022 / 51°30'7"N

Longitude: -3.1957 / 3°11'44"W

OS Eastings: 317101

OS Northings: 178819

OS Grid: ST171788

Mapcode National: GBR KDC.DG

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.KHDR

Entry Name: Vicarage to Parish Church of St Mark

Listing Date: 4 May 2018

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87714

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: On the east side of North Road, approximately 250 metres south of the North Road (A470) – Eastern Avenue (A48) Gabalfa interchange. The church and Vicarage are set behind original perimeter railings a

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Gabalfa

Community: Gabalfa

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

History

The original St Mark’s Church had been constructed in 1876 on the junction of North Road and Whitchurch Road to serve the growing suburb of Maindy. It was designed by C Waring of Cardiff. Its vicarage, a large stone house in the same style as the church sat alongside it.

As part of the development of the Gabalfa interchange during the 1960s the original church and vicarage of St Mark’s was demolished and a new plot further south along North Road was made available for the construction of a replacement church.

The new church of St Mark was consecrated in May 1968 and a new vicarage was built at the same time to the rear of the church. An overall scheme for the new church and vicarage had been put together by Lord Mottistone of Seely and Paget architects. This is shown in drawings of July 1963 and included a vicarage linked to the church by a vestry. Following the death of Lord Mottistone the scheme was reworked in 1965 by Andrew New, formerly assistant to Lord Mottistone. Mr New retained the basic plan with a linked vicarage in similar style to the church. Roof cover changed from copper to artificial slate in 2015 following storm damage.

Exterior

Vicarage, 2 storey detached building, linked to the main church by a screen wall. Constructed in ‘Windsor Grey’ Leicestershire brick with artificial slate roof (formerly copper and fibreglass). Large pane windows. Rectangular plan with hipped roof and axial stacks, gabled projections to entrance elevation (west – facing church) and north elevation. South facing elevation of 3 wide windows. Single ground floor window to east elevation. North elevation with windows to gabled bay, door and window above in angle and tall stair window to side. Entrance in west elevation under plain canopy with narrow windows to side.

Interior

Not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural interest as an integral part of the development of St Mark’s Church, sharing its principles of design and appearance. The church is a good example of a post war church building which illustrates the key elements of ecclesiastical architecture and changes in building and material technology of this period.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Parish Church of St Mark
    On the east side of North Road, approximately 250 metres south of the North Road (A470) – Eastern Avenue (A48) Gabalfa interchange. The church is set behind original perimeter railings and brick wall
  • II Milepost
    Located on the NE side of Gabalfa Interchange, on a slip road which joins Eastern Avenue (A48). Against a concrete wall which fronts an open space.
  • II Park Lodge
    On the left bank of the River Taff at the northern extremity of Cardiff Castle Park.
  • II School House at Allensbank Primary School
    On the north eastern side of Gabalfa near Cathays Cemetery.
  • II Allensbank Primary School, Infants
    On the north eastern side of Gabalfa near Cathays Cemetery.
  • II Cross Inn
    Prominently sited on a traffic island facing S towards the A470 flyover above the A48 dual carriageway. Triangular position at junction between Merthyr Road (A470) and Caerphilly Road (A469), with ma
  • II Former depot hospital at Maindy Barracks
    On the NE side of the parade square.
  • II Detroit & St Vincent block at Maindy Barracks
    On the W side of the parade square.

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