All Saints Church, Deganwy

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All Saints Church, Deganwy
All Saints Church, Deganwy, from the south
53°17′39″N 3°49′37″W / 53.2941°N 3.8270°W / 53.2941; -3.8270Coordinates: 53°17′39″N 3°49′37″W / 53.2941°N 3.8270°W / 53.2941; -3.8270
Location Deganwy, Conwy County Borough
Country Wales
Denomination Anglican
History
Founder(s) Lady Augusta Mostyn
Dedication All Saints
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 24 June 1986
Architect(s) John Douglas
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1897
Completed 1899
Administration
Parish Eglwysrhos (or Llanrhos)
Deanery Llanrwst
Archdeaconry St Asaph
Diocese St Asaph
Province Wales
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Canon R. H. Griffiths
Curate(s) Revd P. A. Wright
Priest(s) Revd J. W. Jaundrill

All Saints Church, Deganwy, is in the town of Deganwy, Wales, on a site overlooking the Conwy estuary (grid reference SH783790). It is an active Anglican church in the benefice of Eglwysrhos (or Llanrhos), the deanery of Llanrwst, the archdeaconry of St Asaph, and the diocese of St Asaph. [1] It is designed by Cadw as a Grade II* listed building.[2]

The church was built as a memorial church by Lady Augusta Mostyn to a design by John Douglas of Chester on a site overlooking the Conwy estuary. It has a clerestory, a chancel higher than the nave, and a west tower.[3]

Organ[edit]

The organ at All Saints is of some historical value in the organ world. It was the gift of Mr. and Mrs Walsh and was built for the opening of the church in 1899 by Alex Young and sons of Manchester, who had gained a reputation for building organs of high quality. Of special note is the solid oak organ case with its spotted metal pipes which are all 'speaking' pipes forming part of the great Diapason stop. The organ has two manuals and pedals and is mostly in its original condition. It has tracker action for the Great and Swell organs but the pneumatic action for the pedal organ was converted to electric action in 1973. The whole of the organ action was completely renovated in the spring of 2006. The only other alteration was the addition of an electric blower to take over the job of the hand operated bellows to supply the wind. The original hand bellows are still in working order at the rear of the organ chamber.

Jeff Wright (organist)[edit]

Jeff Wright took up the post of organist at All Saints Church Deganwy in 2004. He succeeded Mr. Charles Jones. Mr. Wright was previously organist at St. Cystenins Parish church for 8 years, Llandudno Christian Fellowship for 22 years and Graham St. Elim church. Birmingham, for 5 years. Born in Smethwick he grew up in Birmingham and was educated at Marsh Hill infant and junior scholl, Hastings Rd Senior school and Handsworth Technical School. He moved with his wife Pam (who later became curate of All Saints)and daughters to North Wales in 1969.

Specification[edit]

                           Great Organ
               Open Diapason. 8 ft.
               Stopped Diapason. 8 ft.
               Dulciana. 8 ft.
               Principal. 4 ft.
               Harmonic Flute. 4 ft.
               Fifteenth. 2 ft.
                            Swell Organ.
               Open Diapason. 8 ft.
               Voix Celeste. 8 ft.
               Salicional. 8 ft.
               Leiblich Gedact. 8 ft.
               Gemshorn. 4 ft.
               Fifteenth. 2 ft.
               Mixture. 2 Rank.
               Cornopean. 8 ft.
                            Pedal Organ.
               Bourdon. 16 ft.
               Bass Flute. 8 ft.
                               Couplers.
         Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Swell to Great,
                             Swell Octave.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Benefices, The Church in Wales, retrieved 1 June 2009 
  2. ^ Church of All Saints, Deganwy, Cadw, retrieved 27 June 2013 
  3. ^ Hubbard, Edward (1991), The Work of John Douglas, London: The Victorian Society, pp. 180–181, ISBN 0-901657-16-6