Photographs by Jacqueline Banerjee, with thanks to the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral. You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Nave, looking towards the sanctuary

The Cathedral Church of St Deiniol, Bangor, restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott from 1868-1878, with later work by John Oldrid Scott (1841-1913) and Alban Caroe (1904-1991). The nave of this Grade I listed building is very characteristically late Perpendicular, of the sixteenth century, with shallow arches and low-pitched wooden ceiling. Because of the very shallow pitch, the ceiling needs big tie-beams and brackets. Wood panels are unadorned timber, but the bosses (not visible here) are exuberantly decorative, with stylised foliage. They are variously said to be sixteenth or early seventeenth century, but in fact were replaced in the nineteenth.

Between nave and crossing is John Oldrid Scott’s 1906-8 screen, which is located as many a pulpitum was (here, between his father’s pillars). Its filigree nature and the large east window make lighting a problem for photography.

The vault in the chancel is of the Perpendicular period. The decoration, however, is by George Gilbert Scott. Some roundels are symbolic: others, figurative. Despite the appearance of complexity, this is the basic pattern of transverse plus two diagonal ribs, but with multiple overlaps.

Close-up of Scott's designs for the chancel vault.

Related Material


Cathedral Church of St Deiniol. British Listed Buildings. Web. 16 May 2021.

Ironside-Bax, Pearce B. The Cathedral Church of Bangor: An Account of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the See. London: George Bell, 1907. Internet Archive. From a copy in Cornell University Library. Web. 16 May 2021.

Scott, Sir George Gilbert, R.A. Personal and Professional Recollectiosn, edited by his son, G. Gilbert Scott, F.S.A.. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1879. Internet Archive. Web. 16 May 2021.

Created 16 May 2021