Greenfield Street Holywell Flintshire Wales
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St James the Apostle's Church Holywell is in the Diocese of St Asaph, in the community of Holywell in the county of Flintshire. There is evidence of a church at Holywell before the Norman conquest. The church was dedicated to St. Winifred for many centuries, but after extensive rebuilding in 1769, it was re-dedicated to St. James the Apostle. | The church is said to have been founded by St Beuno in the 7th Century and dedicated to his niece, St Winefride. The 'Churche of Haliwell' is first recorded in a documentary source in 1093, when the wife of Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester, added the church to her husband's previous bequest to the monks of St Werburgh's at Chester. | The present building has a 14th or 15th Century tower with Perpendicular windows. The aisles and galleries were added in 1769-70, together with an apse of the later 19th Century. Inside is the 16th Century effigy of a priest, a chest and a range of memorials from the 17th C entury onwards. The churchyard is shared with St Winefride's Chapel and overlooks the site of the Holy Well of St Winefride, a place of pilgrimage for over a thousand years. Monuments from the mid 17th Century have been preserved within the churchyard. | Reputedly the gallery pillars retain earlier stonework, but this has not been proved. | The apse was added in 1884 and the north vestry in 1905. |
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