Much of the information contained on this website has been drawn from the excellent guidebook to St Cynllo's written by Rev. Brian Whatmore - this lovingly written and scholarly guide is highly recommended for those who would like to learn more about the history of this beautiful Church.
Copies of the guidebook
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The style is geometrical and is a perfect example of High Victorian architecture with the obvious influences of the Oxford Movement and that of the Cambridge Ecclesiologists of the 19th century.
The architect undoubtedly had a high regard for the genius of Messrs J. W. Butterfield and G. E. Street, and perhaps even of the celebrated A. W. N. Pugin and other enthusiasts of the Gothic Revival. The windows are of Bath stone and highly ornamental.
There are many specimens of marble consisting of red serpentine, Cornwall, Devonshire granite, Califomian and Italian. The whole of the exquisite and delicate carving for which the church has become so highly recognised was entrusted to Messrs R. L. Boulton & Sons, Sculptors and Carvers of Cheltenham.
The nave is lined with red bricks with bands of black bricks. The roof is open and carried by six arched principals resting on twelve carved corbels of Bath stone; each is carved with flowers and foliage - the rose, shamrock, thistle, oak with acorns, ears of wheat, grapes, geraniums, willow, violets, lilies, daisies and a harp.
The pews of pine are open and can seat 150 people. The three-branched candelabra on the end of the pews are almost a unique feature and must have been the only means of lighting when the church was built. It is fortunate that the candelabra have not been removed and destroyed as is the case in other churches.