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Holy Trinity from Mostyn Street.

Holy Trinity, Trinity Square, Llandudno, N. Wales, by George Felton. Grade II listed, it was built from 1865 and consecrated in 1874. The land was given by the Mostyn Estate: the cornerstone was laid by Lady Augusta Mostyn [click here for cornerstone]; Felton was the architect for the Mostyn estate. He was responsible for much of the development of LLandudno, which became the most popular seaside resort in Wales during the mid- to late-Victorian period. The large rubblestone church with its transepts and an apsed chancel has been described as well-situated but "ungainly," but it is not as Felton originally designed it. The tower was added in 1892 by Edwin Turner, and the chancel altered in 1932 by R. T. Beckett (Haslam et al. 409). Built to accommodate the tourists who flocked into Llandudno in the summer, it could seat congregation of 1200.

Nave, looking east.

The interior brickwork is yellow, attractively banded in black, and the Bath stone arcades have grey columns of Anglesey marble, with richly carved capitals. There is some Minton tiling (see Haslam et al. 409).

Looking into the apse. Left: Looking past the choir stalls. Right: Towards the far right.

The elegantly carved stalls, of 1882, are by the big Birmingham firm of church decorators Jones & Willis (see Haslam 410). Light streams in through the apse windows, a series of five in memory of the Thursby family. They follow a narrative sequence installed 1884-89, depicting the birth, childhood and boyhood of Jesus: the nativity, the coming of the Magi, the presentation in the Temple, Jesus teaching in the Temple, and Jesus in the carpenter's shop. By Hardman & Co., these are among the chief glories of the church.

Left to right: (a) Densely carved capital. (b) Font. (c) Font lid with elaborate metalwork.

Some of the fittings are of a later date (for example, the pulpit dates from 1951) but the font with its grey marble columns matching those in the arcades, and elaborate ironwork on its lid, is perhaps original. The window behind it, showing Christ's baptism by John the Baptist, and later blessing little children, is signed A. L. Moore, and dated 1887.

Nave, looking west.

High above is the magnificent "new" west window, also by A. L. Moore, which was brought here from its original location at St Augustine's, Cheadle Heath, Stockport, a church that has closed. It shows the Annunciation and the coming of the Magi, and was dedicated here only in May 2013.

Selection of Stained Glass in the Church


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Haslam, Richard, Julian Orbach and Adam Voelcker. Gwynedd. The Buildings of Wales series. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009.

Pevsner, Nikolaus, and Edward Hubbard. Cheshire. The Buildings of England series. London: Penguin, 1971.

"Stained Glass Windows." Plwyf Llandudno Parish (The Parish of LLandudno) (new addition to the Church's own website). Web. 28 July 2016.

Last modified 28 July 2016