St Margaret’s Church, Bodelwyddan

St Margaret's Church, Bodelwyddan

St Margaret’s Church, Bodelwyddan


26 May 2014

Bodelwyddan, Denbighshire

SJ 00409 75476; 53.26688°N, 3.49467°W


Church in Wales’ St Margaret’s Church, also known as the ‘Marble Church’, was designed by architect John Gibson and was constructed from 1856 to 1860. The project cost £60,000 and was funded by Margaret, daughter of Sir John Williams of Bodelwyddan Castle, in memory of her husband, Warwickshire baron Lord Willoughby de Broke, who died in 1852. The church was built in local limestone and its interior features pillars and flooring of various types of marble from several different countries.

In the church’s cemetery there are 116 military graves: 33 British and 83 Canadian. The Canadian service personnel buried there were from the nearby Kinmel Park Camp and most of those perished in the 1918/19 Spanish flu pandemic. Four graves, however, belong to soldiers killed in a two-day riot that broke out in March 1919. According to official figures, five people lost their lives in the uprising, although it is suspected that many more may have been killed. Around 17,000 Canadian troops were stationed at the transit camp for many months following the end of World War I. Poor conditions and the long delays led to growing unrest amongst the ranks, with the revolt being sparked when it came to light that ships that had been reserved to transport the troops back home to Canada were being used for other purposes.

Further Reading

Marble Church, Bodelwyddan (Wikipedia);
90 year mystery of soldier riots (BBC News)