The last of the group of churches that Sir George Gilbert Scott worked on within walking distance of St. Asaph Cathedral was at Dyserth, two miles east of Rhuddlan.
This was for Mrs Rowley Conwy of nearby Bodrhyddan House, who laid the foundation stone in 1870 for what was to be an almost complete rebuilding of the little church with a new north transept, vestry and south porch.
Scott made the western gable, which faces the road, into a show facade incorporating a circular window over a pair of lancets, one of his favourite features.
He restored the flat-arched central doorway and crowned the façade with a restored bellcote. His fittings included new seats, pulpit and prayer desk.
The work was completed in 1875, but by that time Scott’s journeys to North Wales would have included a visit to Chester, only twenty-five miles from St. Asaph, where, in 1868, he had taken over the restoration of the great cathedral.
See plaque in churchyard.
Thomas, D. R., History of the Diocese of St Asaph (Oswestry, 1906-13), vol. I, p. 415.
Hubbard, E., Clwyd, Buildings of Wales (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1986), p. 343.
Pevsner, N., and Hubbard, E., Cheshire, Buildings of England (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1971), p. 136.