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Key Image Eglwys y Santes Fair/St Mary’s Church
Church St
LL32 8LD Conwy
United Kingdom
Denomination: Anglican
Congregation: Bro Celynnin (Esgobaeth Bangor/Diocese of Bangor, Archdeaconry of Bangor, Synod Bangor)
Geogr. Coordinates: 53.28073° N, 3.82876° W
Geo Location
Reference year: 1186
Architectural style: Gothic
Building type: Basilica
Description: Gothic basilica with a rectangular tower over the west entrance
Name derivation: From Mary, the mother of Jesus
Font
  • Octagonal 15th cent. stone font
Windows
  • Two windows from Edward Burne-Jones’ workshop
Noteworthy
  • Medieval processional cross (Italian)
  • Choir stalls with carved tracery and ancient graffiti
  • Rood Screen (15th cent.)
  • Tomb slab of Nicholas Hookes († 1637), 41st child of his father and himself father to 27 children
  • Altar rails by Robert “Mousey” Thompson (1960) showing his trademark mouse carvings
History:
1172:   Foundation of Conwy Abbey by Cistercian monks
1186:   Construction of the abbey completed
1240:   Burial of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) in the abbey church
1283:   Abbey closed by Edward I (the monks were relocated to Maenan in the Conwy Valley), the church becomes the parish church for Conwy
14th cent.:   Construction of the south transept and the porches
15th cent.:   Completion of the tower
16th cent.:   Modifications to the aisles and the north porch
1872:   Restoration by Gilbert Scott (including raising of the nave and chancel roofs)
1921:   Addition of the memorial chapel
Important persons:
Artist:  Burne-Jones, Edward Coley (1833–1898, British artist and designer of the Pre-Raphaelite movement)
Patron:  Mary (c. 22 BCE – c. 48 CE, mother of Jesus [featured article])
Sources
St Mary’s Church Conwy: Hydoedd Cyn y Castell – Long Before The Castle (taflen wybodaeth/information leaflet)
Wikipedia: Church of St Mary & All Saints, Conwy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_St_Mary_, retrieved 17/06/2019
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