Sunday, October 29, 2006

Denbighshire / Clwyd / Wrexham County - 3

Church of St Giles, Wrexham
Originally uploaded by ChurchCrawler.

has a bulky and highly ornate late Perp west tower (designed by a William Hart from Bristol) and a rare medieval apse (rare in these islands anyway). The west end was given over to a Xmas card sale event but we were able to explore this handsome church. The chancel arch rests on large empty niches with ornate canopies with charming head stops. The arch itself has traces of former stone tracery - did this fill the upper part of the arch above what was presumably a screen or was it a former east window destroyed when the chancel proper was added? Among the treasure special mention of one of the best C18 monuments I have seen - to Mary Myddleton ( is this her from Chirk?) designed by Roubiliac 1751-2, showing a broken pyramid and the lady climbing out from the broken sarcophagus as a cherub sound the trump in the clouds above. This figure is outstanding and leans out from the monument into the aisle.

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