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Vicarage to St Mark’s Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Gabalfa, Cardiff

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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 St Mark’s Church

Listing Date: 9 February 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 is set behind original perimeter railing and brick wall t

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Gabalfa

Community: Gabalfa

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan


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 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.


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.


Not inspected.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural interest as an integral part of the development 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.

This structure has been afforded Interim Protection under the Planning (Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. It is an offence to damage this structure and you may be prosecuted.

To find out more about Interim Protection, please visit the statutory notices page on the Cadw website. For further information about this structure, or to report any damage please contact Cadw.

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