St Mark's Church

St Mark's Church, Brithdir

St Mark's Church
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Caroline B
Chichester, UK1,915 contributions
Eglwys Sant Marc - Sprung out of the Soil
Jun 2019 • Couples
Had we not gone on the Torrent Walk we would not have noticed this church as it is fairly hidden by trees and wild growth.

St Mark's Church (Eglwys Sant Marc), Brithdir, is a Grade I listed building, considered to be one of the pre-eminent churches of the Arts and Crafts Movement. It certainly has high quality Arts and Crafts work, including a richly decorated circular lead font and a beaten copper pulpit with three faces each featuring a wreath encircling grapes.

It has a beautiful copper altar and some interesting carvings.
It was designed by Henry Wilson, with the help of some young architects, between 1895 and 1898 in memory of Rev. Charles Tooth, the founder of the Anglican Church in Florence,who died in 1894.

The idea of the church, it seems, was that it appear to' spring out of the soil' and not be' planted down on it!'

Glad we went in to look around.
Written 17 July 2019
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Morgan H
Hemel Hempstead, UK111 contributions
Beautiful gardens and church
May 2019 • Family
We visited after doing the Torrent Walk and paid respects to my husband's grandparents who are buried here. The gardens and flowers are beautiful at this time of year, just stunning. And such a beautiful church. Really wonderful inside, so pleased it is open to view. Amazing acoustics and just such a peaceful place.
Written 14 June 2019
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grannywolfe
Dolgellau, UK14 contributions
Interesting Arts & Crafts altarpiece
Sep 2018 • Family
Great atmosphere, some interesting carvings and a striking copper altarpiece in the Arts and Crafts style, well worth a visit. Not very far from the Torrent Walk either; that is stunning.
Written 19 January 2019
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hopehousecottage
Worcester, UK397 contributions
He knows no more of building than a cat
Aug 2018 • Family
Arts & Crafts churches are not common. In Wales they are even more of a rarity so the Church of St. Mark in Brithdir (near Dolgellau) is worth a visit. It is made all the more special by being one of 50 churches saved from extinction or possibly worse, turned into a holiday let for middle class English tourists, by the Friends of Friendless Churches; an organisation dedicated to the preservation of historic places of Christian worship in our increasingly secular society. It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not - visiting these places and appreciating them for what they are is important.

St. Mark’s is not easy to spot from the road. If you’re looking for it having turned off the A470 and you reach Brithdir village you’ve gone too far. Once you do find it you’re greeted by a churchyard heavily overgrown with rhododendrons and a rather austere exterior in the dark local stone. It wasn’t meant to look like this - the architect Henry Wilson wanted the exterior left rugged and rough but the builder, Mr Williams, of whom Wilson said “he knows no more of building than a cat” had other ideas. So it is smooth, grey and very stern looking.

Inside look out for the font with it’s wave of fern-like fronds and sea-shells, the copper clad pulpit and the equally copper heavy alter with its suitably biblical scene. Also check out the animals carved into the choir benches: kingfisher, squirrel, rabbit, mice, owl and tortoise.

This is an interesting little place. Well off the beaten track and well worth a diversion of a few minutes. A grand medieval cathedral it is not but an interesting contribution to the ecclesiastical history of Britain it is.
Written 28 August 2018
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cobbybrook
West Yorkshire49 contributions
Fabulous Arts and Crafts Gem!
Jul 2018 • Couples
Cared for by the wonderful 'Friends of Friendless Churches' this is well worth a visit! The church is always open to visitors.
Written 4 July 2018
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Jonathan Richar... W
Dolgellau, UK39 contributions
Unusual
Apr 2018 • Couples
This is a lovely little chapel and is very usual to have an arts and crafts influence. The font, the pews etc all have fine little details that needs a close look. The chapel is a little forgotten and rarely used now but that doesn't make it any less beautiful or important so if you can leave a little donation. It is a short walk away from a little walk around the nearby river so makes a nice finish to a short walk
Written 21 April 2018
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beavertail65
Toronto45 contributions
A forgotten but fascinating Arts and Crafts gem.
Sep 2017 • Couples
This little church, sitting in an overgrown graveyard in tiny Brithdir, North Wales is managed by the Friends of Friendless Churches. It's a simple little place that is always open for a peek (south door, needs a bit of persuasion to open, but it will). It is whimsically done in the Arts and Crafts style by several proponents of that genre with serious "cred". Nice carving and touches. The graveyard is positively haunting !! Worth the trip down a cool single-track road.
Written 27 September 2017
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Imogen C
London, UK18 contributions
Stunning example of Art and Crafts
Sep 2017 • Couples
Set off the road in a semi-secret location, this church is a beautiful example of arts and crafts, unlike anything in Wales. A welcome change to some of the austere Methodist churches in the area. Look out for the animals carved into the pews - a hare, tortoise and kings fisher to name but a few. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 17 September 2017
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Anita C
Worcestershire, UK15 contributions
Phenomenal
Aug 2017 • Couples
Unbelievable Arts and Crafts church. We read about how special it was in Simon Jenkins. Best churches castles and houses to visit in Wales. We were not disappointed. It is highlighted by Jenkins as one of the top churches in Wales to visit. It was peaceful with stunning arts and crafts architecture and interior. Well worth visiting
Written 3 September 2017
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Kev J
Ipswich, UK35 contributions
dorment and unused
Aug 2017 • Family
we heard about this little church while in the area. so thought we would take a look, the photo does it justice on here, although a lovely and quiet church, it is now not used,

aaparently in September they have open days there so might be better to go then

shame as in its time it would have been a very special place to go..
Written 22 August 2017
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