Our final stop was Amwlch, a town which was immensely wealthy in the eighteenth century owing to its copper mines, with over 1,000 ale houses, but now a bit of a one horse town.   However, it has two fine churches, St. Eleth, designed by Wyatt, which was in the process of redecoration, but has fine slate tombs all lined up in a row in the churchyard:-

There is also an astonishing, barrel-vaulted Roman Catholic church, Our Lady Star of the Sea and St. Winefride, which was designed by a Piedmontese engineer based in Conway, with stars in the ceiling long before Le Corbusier:-


3 thoughts on “Amwlch

  1. Joan says:

    Thank you for posting about Our Lady Star of the Sea. There has been an increased academic focus on twentieth century Roman Catholic Church architecture (I’m thinking particularly of the work of Robert Proctor of the University of Bath) but it tends to be concerned with the post war years, and especially with developments around the Second Vatican Council. If, like me, you are a Catholic who grew up among the excitement of Vatican II it is impossible to enter one of these churches and not feel in some way ‘modern’. Seeing something like Star of the Sea reminds us that church architectural innovation predated Vatican II. Of course there were some stunning Anglican churches built under the influence of the Liturgical Movement, the best example of which is close to home for you – St Paul’s, Bow Common.

  2. Martin Hopkinson says:

    That remarkable church reminds me of the underappreciated architecture of H Bulkeley Cresswel . His turbine factory at Queensferry is worth looking at
    – and his architectural novels highly entertaining

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