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St Paul's Church, Colwyn Bay
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St Paul's Church, Colwyn Bay, from the southeast
Coordinates: 53°17′38″N 3°43′35″W / 53.2939°N 3.7265°W / 53.2939; -3.7265
OS grid reference SH 850,788
Location Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay
Country Wales
Denomination Anglican
Weekly attendance 50–75
Website Parish of Colwyn Bay and Bryn-y-Maen
History
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint Paul
Consecrated 13 July 1888
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 25 July 1994
Architect(s) Douglas and Fordham
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1887
Completed 1911
Specifications
Capacity 200
Administration
Parish Colwyn Bay with Bryn-Y-Maen
Deanery Rhos
Archdeaconry St Asaph
Diocese St Asaph
Province Wales
Presbytery Located on Walshaw Avenue
Clergy
Vicar(s) Rev'd Christine Owen
Assistant priest(s) Rev'd Dennis Kay
Laity
Churchwarden(s) Nigel Cooper
Youth ministry coordinator John Reaney
Music group(s) St Pauls Church Choir

St Paul's Church, Colwyn Bay is an active Anglican parish church in the town of Colwyn Bay, Wales. It is located in the deanery of Rhos, the archdeaconry of St Asaph, and the Diocese of St Asaph. The church is designated by Cadw as a Grade II* listed building.

History

The first religious building on the site was a mission room in 1872 which was replaced by an iron and timber church in 1880. This building was burnt down in 1886.

The present church was designed by the Chester firm of Douglas and Fordham and built in stages. The nave was built in 1887–88 and the chancel was added between 1894 and 1895. The tower was started in 1910 and completed the following year. It was the last major project to be undertaken by John Douglas but he died before it was completed. In 1920 a narthex with a west door, designed by W. D. Caroe, was added as a war memorial.

Architecture and contents

The church is large and cruciform, built in coursed rubble limestone with Runcorn red sandstone dressings and bands. The nave of five bays is broad with low arcades and a tall clerestory. The windows are lancets, with a rose window in the south transept. The tower is "bold, craggy and heavily buttressed".

Internally there is a sedilia in the chancel, designed by Douglas. The stalls are carved with detail which is in "typical Douglas" style. The reredos and riddel posts, dating from 1934–35, were designed by Caroe and are elaborately carved. Depicted on the reredos are representations of the Supper at Emmaus and the Annunciation together with figures of Saint Kentigern, Saint Asaph, St Aidan and the Venerable Bede. In the west window and in the two narthex windows is stained glass designed by Horace Wilkinson in 1920–21. The first stage of the organ was built by Peter Conacher and Son in 1888. It was completed when the nave was built in 1891 and rebuilt by John Cowin in 1960.

Edward Hubbard describes the church as "an extraordinary building" and suggests that it might be Douglas' "prodigy church of its decade".

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