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The misericords of Gresford,

All Saints.


All Saints’ has twelve late 15th or early 16th century misericords.


Although a church was mentioned on this site in the doomsday book, little, other than the lower stage of the tower, of this earlier foundation still remains.  All Saints’, Gresford appears to have been a place of pilgrimage, probably due to an icon, or relic, this meant that the small village of Gresford became quite a wealthy area, this in turn is reflected by the early church being almost totally demolished and replaced by this huge church.

The current building was started sometime in the 13th century, by its patron, Trahaearn ap Ithel ap Eunydd (and his five brothers), further improvements were made over the ensuing 250 years.

The church inherited several items over a period of time; some of the stained glass came from the dissolved Basingwerk Abbey,   it is unknown whether the misericords came from there or were created originally for All Saints - however, with the wealth associated with Gresford, it seems likely that All Saint’s had a college of cannons.

All Saints’ peal of eight  bells are counted at the best in Wales,  whilst the grove of  dates back to 1726, with one extraordinary member near the south gate is known to have existed in the late 14th century.

In 1907, workmen renovating the inside of the church found a Romano-British altar, dedicated  to the goddess Nemesis, dating to between AD 100 and AD 350, embedded in an arch. The Gresford stone is now on display in the church

Click to launch a description of the misericords of All Saints’, Gresford

The Official All Saints’, Gresford website.

Please click on the thumbnails for larger images.

Thanks Sean!!!

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