All Saints' Church, Oystermouth, Swansea, Glamorgan
Note 1: All Saints, Oystermouth . . . may have originally been dedicated to St Illtud.
Note 3: The tower, long nave, and chancel are all probably of 13th century origin although the tower top and several windows are late medieval. The chancel has three east lancets and contains a pillar piscina. It and the nave now form a south chapel and aisle to a large new late 19th century church. There is a scalloped Norman font.
Above: Altar in the Lady Chapel – formerly the sanctuary of the original ancient church.
Note 4: Oystermouth Parish Church, dedicated to All Saints. Situated about the centre of the parish. Supposed to have been consecrated centuries ago, but age unknown. Under what circumstances consecrated or licensed: the Minister cannot tell, save and except its being consecrated to the worship of Almighty God and dedicated to his service.
Above: The impressive Reredos immediately behind the High Altar was designed by G. B. Beadle of Faith Craft Works, London.
It was dedicated on 1 November (All Saints Day) 1951.
Note 5: In 1141, Maurice, son of William de Londres, made a gift of the income of Oystermouth Church to St Peter's Abbey at Gloucester. The family expired in the male line in the early 13th century and, in a charter of 1306, Oystermouth is not listed as a fief, but as a demesne manor of the lords of Gower.
The bell (above right) is part of an historic ring of bells brought to Swansea from Santiago, Chile, 150 years ago. It is thought the bells were
shipped to Chile by Jesuit missionaries in the early 19th century, and hung in the tower of the Church of 'La Campania de Jesus' in Santiago.
Note 6: Fragments of mosaic pavement in All Saints' church suggest that the church was built on the site of a Roman villa. The churchyard contains the grave of Thomas Bowdler (1784-1825), the English physician notorious for 'bowdlerizing' the works of Shakespeare – i.e. expunging everything 'which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family; Bowdler spent the last 15 years of his life at Rhyddings House ib Swansea's Brynmill area.
The theme of the window (below left) is 'Putting on the whole armour of God' as described by St Paul in Ephesians 6. The window on the right, representing Gentleness, Love and Patience, commemorates Dame Catherine Prudence, wife of Sir Jonh J. Jenkins MP, who died 29 June 1900.
For further information about All Saints' Church, visit the Parish of Oystermouth website.