St Mary's and St Nicholas's Church

Beaumaris, United Kingdom

St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Beaumaris was founded around 1330, initially as a chapel of ease to Llandegfan, to serve the new town.

It retains a 14th-century decorated nave, with four-bay arcades, although the chancel was rebuilt around 1500 in Perpendicular style. The west tower is of four stages, with a battlemented parapet. The upper section was remodelled in the early 19th century. The north vestry and south porch are probably nineteenth century. The exterior is mainly Perpendicular.

There are sixteenth century chancel stalls, and also the coffin and lid of Joan, wife of Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, married at the age of 15, and illegitimate daughter of King John. There are late fifteenth to early sixteenth century misericords, although with eight 1902 replacements. It is likely the old misericords came from the friary at Llan-faes. The church also contains the tomb of William Bulkeley, (died c. 1490), deputy constable of the castle, and of his wife. This is made of Midlands alabaster. A number of monuments to leading sixteenth and seventeenth century Establishment figures (notably Sir Henry Sidney, Lord President of Wales and Lord Deputy of Ireland, a parson son of Sir Julius Caesar and a niece of George Herbert) adorn the chancel east wall. The chancel north wall contains a medieval brass plaque and a monument to an eighteenth century Viscount Bulkeley.

St Mary's and St Nicholas's is located in a large churchyard, with Church Street to the east and Steeple Lane to the west. A number of slate tombstones line the north wall of the churchyard providing detail of sociological interest (occupations etc.). A large tomb of a local polymath stands near the south porch; other slate tombstones have been destroyed near the south path due to the use of mechanical appliances.



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Founded: 1330
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Michael Jones (8 months ago)
A beautiful small Church with some amazing history, so lovely to see this being used. A little gem.
Sally Askew-Lupo (9 months ago)
Beautiful Church Ramp for wheelchairs on one side So peaceful
Peter Moore (15 months ago)
A beautiful Medieval church in the heart of Beaumaris. The architecture is splendid (and multi-period) - the 14th century nave and Chancel (c.1500) are beautiful and there also remnants of 13th and 15th Century sarcophagus’. Well worth stopping off to look at. The streets around Beaumaris are small and retain their Medieval ‘feel’ - so parking likely to be elsewhere.
David Ford (18 months ago)
Lovely church. Excellent miniments.
NEIL MC GUINNESS (2 years ago)
A very large welcoming lovingly maintained church with the grounds to match. Wonderful architecture in the big church itself and it is just as impressive on the inside where there are some glorious stained glass windows and statues and fascinating memorial plaques on the walls and on the floor. The graveyard is well maintained as is the small memorial garden. A beautiful church that is well worth a visit whilst in Beaumaris or just as a stand alone destination.
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