St Chads Church Holt, Churches and Chapels Holt, Wrexham County - Wales where to go, what to see and where to stay in Wales


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Holt parish church is dedicated to St Chad and stands on the banks of the River Dee in picturesque but often turbulent border country. The attractive red sandstone church dates back to 1395. Further building works took place in the late 15th Century under the patronage of Henry V11’s mother Margaret Beaufort (married to Lord Stanley) and the church is known as a member of the “Stanley” group of churches. (These include St Giles Wrexham, St Mary’s Mold, and All Saint's Church Gresford) | The church has much of historic interest including a continuous camberbeam roof, carved octagonal font, probably 1483, and 19th Century oak furnishings, including chancel screen and pulpit. There is a nave and chancel with a west tower and north and south chapels. The pointed nave arches on octagonal piers are 14th Century with the more flattened arches (4-centred arches) to the aisles being added in the late 15th Century. | The elaborately carved font has the stag's face badge of Sir William Stanley and the arms of the predecessor lords of Bromfield. A number of beautiful memorials enhance the interior. | The north door tells its own story, with loopholes for gun barrels dating back to the Civil War period of 1645, and there is ample evidence of a battle fought with muskets inside the church. | As with other churches close to the River Dee, in August the ancient custom of Rushbearing is a huge attraction, when new floor rushes from the banks of the River are brought in procession. |
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