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Page 2 Tour of All Saints

The Nave

The nave is the main body of the Church. Separating the nave from the chancel (where the Choir sings)  is the magnificent Rood Screen carved from Welsh oak and reputed to be the finest of its kind in Wales. It is a memorial to 98 men of the Parish who lost their lives in the First World War. Their names are inscribed on the base panels. Click on the following links for more details:  1914-18 Memorial A-K and 1914 -18 Memorial L-Y for further information. This link takes you to information about the Second World War Memorial in the grounds of All Saints. Links courtesy of Mumbles War Memorials website:

The new Priest's  Prayer Desk










Dedicated to Jean Elizabeth Wild née Rogers 1919-2008 and William Norman Wild 1920 -1972, and her parents George Rogers 1880 -1968 and Delia Jane née Russell 1885-1981. (photos Tony Roberts)

Behind the High Altar is the Reredos   - which shows The Epiphany -the three kings present their gifts to Jesus, symbolically followed by generations of worshippers depicted though the ages.

Here is a photo of the Crucifix which surmounts the Rood Screen. Either side of Jesus is Mary, his mother and St John, the Beloved Disciple, one hand on his heart.


The Font










The font is of uncertain age, but is probably from the Medieval period. The date 1251 AD is mentioned in Alfred Hall's History of Oystermouth ( 1899).  The Font has a square bowl mounted on a solid stone base. The ornately carved wooden canopy was added in 1916, a gift from the children of the parish.

The Porch

The site of the Church porch has moved three times! Each time the Church building has been extended the porch was rebuilt. The present porch dates from 1937 and used to house three great Spanish bells which have now been returned to Santiago, Chile. Read more. 





They were brought to All Saints by Graham Vivian of Clyne Castle and the belief is that they came from the fire-ravaged ruins of the Jesuit Cathedral Church de la Campana of Santiago Chile. The fire claimed over 2,000 lives of worshippers, mainly women when the Cathedral was razed to the ground. Read more about this harrowing story. The great bells, of Spanish origin, were pitched in D sharp, E sharp and F sharp. The bells have now been repatriated to Santiago, Chile.


The lovely stained-glass window in the porch shows Jesus blessing children: "Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God" Mark 10. 13-16










Outside the porch is a Victorian tower and stairs which orginially led to the west gallery which is no longer there. To the left of the tower you can see the triple lancet window Jesus blessing children - details above.
















The organ

The first organ was installed in 1873 and was built by Robert Postill of York. Many of the original pipes in that organ are in the present instrument. Around 1916 Peter Conacher and Co. greatly enlarged the organ. Various renovations and rebuilds have taken place, the latest in 1998 by Daniel of Clevedon. It is a very fine concert organ. In 2009 a new digital unit was installed by phoenix Organs that added three new sounds to the pedal organ. More details here.











The Christmas Crib

The characters were given in memory of Sheelah Francis' mother Mrs. Greta Davies.



















Thomas Bowdler 1754-1825

Dr. Bowdler trained in medicine but devoted himself to prison reform. He made his name in publishing censored editions of Shakespeare. In 1818 he published a ten volume set of books in called 'The Family Shakespeare'. He eliminated 'those words which cannot with propriety be read aloud to the family.' He applied the same criteria to his re-writing of Gibbon's 'History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.' Thomas Bowdler is buried in All Saints Churchyard, on the north side, a horizontal block tomb with pink granite monoliths on either side. Bowdler's well-intentioned ideas were widely ridiculed and gave rise to the word, Bowdlerism.




Col. David Lewis, Churchward of All Saints for 26 years
Memorial to Daniel Shewen died July 1792
Memorial to Henry Thomas
Memorial to John Wintle 1803  (photos Tony Roberts)


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