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St Mary and Holy Trinity, Swansea
The Collegiate & Parish Church of St. Mary's
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St Mary and Holy Trinity, Swansea is located in Swansea
St Mary and Holy Trinity, Swansea
St Mary and Holy Trinity, Swansea
Location in Swansea
51°37′08″N 3°56′35″W / 51.619°N 3.943°W / 51.619; -3.943
Location Swansea
Country  Wales
Denomination Church in Wales
Previous denomination Catholic Church
Status Collegiate church
Founded early 13th century
Founder(s) Henry de Gower, Bishop of Saint David's
Consecrated 1959
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 1896,1950
Architect(s) Arthur Blomfield, Dean Allan Smith
Architectural type Church
Parish Central Swansea
Deanery Afon Tawe (Swansea)
Archdeaconry Gower
Diocese Swansea and Brecon
Province Wales

St Mary's Collegiate and Parish Church is an Anglican church in the centre of Swansea, Wales, UK. It is considered the Civic Church of Swansea.

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.


The tower contains eight bells, which were cast in 1959 by John Taylor & Co, Loughborough with the heaviest weighing 20cwt - 2qr - 12lb (1049.2 kg) in "E". Details of the bells:-

Bell Weight Nominal Freq. Note Diameter Year Cast Foundry
1 5-1-10 (271.9 kg) 1326.0 Hz E 28.25 inches (71.8 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co
2 5-2-12 (285.5 kg) 1249.0 Hz D# 29.13 inches (74.0 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co
3 5-3-10 (297.3 kg) 1110.0 Hz C# 30.50 inches (77.5 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co
4 7-0-18 (364.6 kg) 986.0 Hz B 32.75 inches (83.2 cm) 1958 John Taylor & Co
5 9-2-9 (487.8 kg) 876.0 Hz A 36.50 inches (92.7 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co
6 11-0-1 (560.5 kg) 825.0 Hz G# 38.50 inches (97.8 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co
7 15-0-3 (765.1 kg) 734.0 Hz F# 43.13 inches (109.6 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co
8 20-2-12 (1049.2 kg) 654.0 Hz E 48.00 inches (121.9 cm) 1959 John Taylor & Co

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