Denbigh – St Hilary’s Church

History

   St. Hilary’s church in Denbigh was built in the 14th century as a temple for the residents and garrison of a nearby castle, but over time began to take over the functions of the parish church. It was mentioned for the first time in historical documents in 1334. In the 15th or 16th century, its windows were transformed into a perpendicular gothic style, and in the years 1707-1711 the northern aisle was completely rebuilt. In the mid-nineteenth century church was in a bad condition. Due to the estimated high costs of repair, it was decided to erect a new temple dedicated to St. Mary, in a more convenient location. After its opening in 1875, the church of St. Hilary was abandoned. In 1904, the roof was removed, and the nave and chancel were destroyed in the twenties of the twentieth century.

Architecture

   The church was erected in the middle of the small town surrounded by defensive walls, halfway between the Burgess Gate and the entrance to the castle. It consisted of a five-bay nave, slightly shorter chancel ended from the east with a straight wall, north aisle and tower from the west. The tower was built on a square plan with a side length of 4.9 meters, received 14.15 meters in height, three floors and a crown with a slightly later, 15th-century battlement. From its upper part, gargoyles protrude. Lighting was provided by single-light narrow window openings in the north and south elevations, and larger two-light windows on the top floor overlooking all four sides of the world. A crypt operated under the eastern part of the church.

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bibliography:
Butler L., Denbigh Castle, Cardiff 2007.

Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Tower of St Hilary’s Church.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Hilary’s chapel, Denbigh.