St Marys Church Cilcain, Churches and Chapels Cilcain, Flintshire - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


Cilcain Flintshire Wales
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St Mary's church sits in the pleasant village of Cilcain, Flintshire, North Wales. The church is a double-naved structure with a heavily buttressed west tower. Parts of the northern nave have been attributed to the 12th or 13th Century, but most of the church including the tower is 15th Century. The south nave has a spectacular Perpendicular hammer-beam roof, traditionally thought to have come from Basingwerk Abbey (Holywell, Flintshire). There is a fragmentary font, perhaps of Norman origin, some broken 14th Century sepulchral slabs, and a small amount of 16th Century stained glass. | The original stone church was of the 13th Century or even 12th Century, but how much of this survives is unclear. The north nave was certainly improved with Perpendicular fenestration before being damaged by fire in 1532, and was rebuilt but to a unknown degree in 1746. | The south nave is said to have been added in the 15th Century, presumably replacing an earlier aisle. | The bottom portion of the tower is considered 15th Century, but a round-headed doorway was inserted in the 18th Century, and the belfry windows and battlements added in the 19th Century.
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