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St Paul's Church
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West facade in 2013
General information
Status Under redevelopment (2016)
Architectural style Arts and Crafts
Town or city Cardiff
Country Wales
Coordinates 51°27′58″N 3°11′06″W / 51.46611°N 3.18500°W / 51.46611; -3.18500
Construction started 1888
Completed 1902
Cost £4,000 (1890)
Design and construction
Architect John Coates Carter
Designations Grade II

St Paul's Church was a Grade II listed Church in Wales parish church opened in 1890 in Grangetown, Cardiff, Wales. In 2010 it was put up for sale because of excessive repair and running costs. Its last church service in the main building was held on 5 February 2016 and plans were prepared to convert the building into housing, with a small part retained for use by the congregation.

History and architecture

In 1885 Lord Windsor gave one acre of land to locate a church for the new Cardiff suburb of Grangetown. He financed the initial building costs of £4000. The foundation stone was laid in 1889 and the building was opened by the Bishop of Llandaff on 5 February 1890. A chancel was added in 1902.

Designed by the Arts and Crafts architect John Coates Carter (working with J. P. Seddon), St Paul's has been described as being the "finest" of his surviving early churches. Pevsner's Buildings of Wales describes the building materials as "highly eccentric". The walls consist of Pennant rubble with dressings of pink Staffordshire sandstone. It also has an early and unusual example of concrete construction; major elements are formed from concrete mixed with pebbles, crushed brick and sandstone chippings.

The church has been a Grade II-listed building since 1975. In April 2015 a fundraising campaign was launched in the hope of restoring a stained glass window installed in the church in 1920 to commemorate the First World War. The window, portraying battle scenes and religious imagery, was to be retained as part of the building's partial conversion to housing.

Doctor Who

St Paul's Church was a filming location for the 2005 Father's Day episode of the BBC series, Doctor Who. Filming took place between 11 and 18 November 2004. During a family wedding the church is attacked by alien creatures called Reapers.

Recent events

In 2008, facing repair costs of £1 million and with a congregation much smaller than in its heyday, St Paul's asked the Church of Wales for permission to sell the old building. Major repairs were required to the roof and ongoing annual running costs were estimated at £160,000. In 2010 its freehold was put on the market with an asking price of £300,000. In February 2012 an offer was received to buy the church and convert it into a training room and offices.

However, in early 2016 with no successful sale taking place, the church instead planned to work with Wales and West Housing to convert part of the building into apartments. The church gifted part of the building to the housing association. The last service took place on 5 February 2016, led by the assistant Bishop of Llandaff. A smaller part of the church, comprising the old chancel and vestry, would be retained for use by the congregation.

As of 2018, the plans for converting the nave have not been followed through, and the church remains the same.

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