St Peter’s was established here in Aberdovey in 1837 and is part of the Bro Ystummaner Ministry Area. St Cadfan’s Tywyn is the mother church.

It is a fine example of a Victorian ‘barn’ church with extensions being added for the Chancel (1890) and the organ chamber (1907).  Originally it had a small gallery above the entrance doorway with access via the Bell Tower staircase. This was dismantled about the time of the organ chamber extension. 

The Church, together with the ramp and the exterior wall to it, are protected by Grade II Listed Buildings status.

Unfortunately in 2010 a serious outbreak of dry rot caused considerable damage, resulting in the removal of lime plaster from the walls and ceiling around the entrance to the main body of the church. We also had to replace the large wooden window in the corner by the Vestry.

On either side above the entrance doorway are the Creed and the Paternoster, written in Welsh. These have been covered to protect them since the repair work.

The bare corners you can see either side of the chancel arch were the result of water ingress prior to the repairs to the roof.

The stained glass window, in the corner to the right of the door, depicts Mathew 25 v 35 onwards, and is the work of Ward & Hughes, from 1873.

Walking down the aisle, on the right once again, is an original window from 1837 by David Evans.

On either side of the archway ahead of you are the Ten Commandments.

The alter window was made by a craftsman named Powell and installed in 1890.

The Organ

The organ chamber was added in 1907and the present organ was installed. Built by the well-known company of Brindley & Foster it is recognised as a fine example of their work. Apart from needing a major cleaning of the pipes it is still in remarkably good condition.

The Bells of Aberdovey

In 1937 St Peter’s commemorated its centenary with the installation of a set of bells that cost £600 and were paid for by donations and voluntary contributions.

The bells, played by a carillion, left, are often heard ringing out  popular, well-known hymns.

In March this year we were awarded the maximum grant of £100,000 by the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Scheme, the only church in Wales to receive this amount. This has gone towards repairing our Tower in a scheme which has included re-plastering our damaged interior walls. This work has been completed. There we a special service of thanksgiving on Sunday 29th of January 2017, where the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Rev. Andy John presided.

Do come and visit us and we would be delighted if you could join us on any Sunday morning. Our services start at 11.15am.

© Rhisiart Duwiol 2016