St Mary's Church

Swansea, United Kingdom

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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Caroline Rosser (6 months ago)
A beautiful church , very inviting and friendly.
Andrew moffatt (8 months ago)
Cold beautiful but cold nice church long service
Philip Lewis (15 months ago)
A wonderful place. I visited this lovely Church for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I had not realised that there was a Holy Communion service taking place when I walked in. The service had already started by the time I had arrived, so I respectfully sat at the back and joined in the remainder of the service quietly, on my own. This was a very worrying and upsetting day for me,due to an unexpected Family illness. I am greatful for the peace and comfort that I felt in this sanctuary. I will most definitely be calling in again on my next visit to Swansea.
Radko Rimenov (17 months ago)
A beautiful church with a wonderful bell tower?
Stan Voice of Wales (2 years ago)
A tranquil & spiritual place in the heart of the City
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