North East Wales

Caerwys church revamp uncovers intricate floor tiles

Before and after photos of the floor tiles Image copyright Roland Ward
Image caption Before and after: The Christogram is believed to date to a restoration in 1896

Intricate Victorian mosaic floor tiles have been uncovered during £190,000 renovation work at a Flintshire church.

Contractors restored the tiles at St Michael's Church, Caerwys, after many became dislodged when a 40-year-old carpet was lifted near the alter.

About 50 regular parishioners raised £35,000 towards the refurbishment costs, including replacing a portable toilet in the churchyard.

The tiling, showing a Christogram, is believed to date to a revamp in 1896.

Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, is due to rededicate the church during a service on Sunday.

Grants also came from half a dozen sources including the Diocese of St Asaph, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the National Churches Trust.

Image copyright Roland Ward
Image copyright Roland Ward
Image copyright Roland Ward

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