There was a church on the site of St Mary's since circa 1328, erected by Henry de Gower, Bishop of Saint David's. One Sunday morning, in 1739, the roof of the nave collapsed into the church while the congregation was waiting to enter the building. The whole structure was re-built apart from the tower. 1822 saw the church being lit by gas for the first time with thirty six lamps. The church underwent complete renovation between 1879 and 1882 by Vicar Dr Morgan. In 1896, the church was flattened and rebuilt again under the designs of Arthur Blomfield by Dean Allan Smith, though some parts of the old church survived the re-development. In February 1941 the church was extensively damaged by Bombing during the Blitz. It was not rebuilt until the 1950s.

From the 1890s the Swansea Devil stood on a set of buildings facing the west side of the church, constructed by a disgruntled rival of Blomfield's, angry at the commissioning of Blomfield's designs over his own.



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Founded: 18th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Tony Jones (2 years ago)
Lovely church. Attended many services and concerts here.
Peter Marosan (3 years ago)
An old church in the middle of the town, with full of live when we visited. As I see choirs and musicians give concerts here and the acoustic sounds pretty good. The roof inside is not covered by stone, so it gives a special taste for it. It is rebuilt after the WW2, so it is not precisely authentic, but works very well.
Rosemarie Ellis (3 years ago)
Beautiful considering it was completely rebuilt, you would never know
Camilla von Massenbach (3 years ago)
Good accoustic for singing. Unusual and amazing stained glass.
St Thomas Way (4 years ago)
Swansea is the starting point of St Thomas Way - the medieval heritage trail linking 13 special places between Swansea and Hereford that launched in July 2018. St Mary's Church in the centre of Swansea is part of the Swansea trail and it also hosts the St Thomas Way launch exhibition in October 2018 'Re-Making Maps of the Mind: Medieval and Modern Journeys'. Here's the St Thomas Way prayer which reflects the Swansea part of the journey: "Open our eyes, Lord, to your presence in the ordinary and the unloved. May the beginning of the St Thomas Way be also the beginning of a new way of seeing you at work in the world. May we journey each day with eyes open to find you where we least expect it."
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