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Gresford, UK: Historic sundial stolen from Gresford church

Historic sundial stolen from Gresford church
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The sundial had stood outside Gresford’s All Saints church since 1732

A 300-year-old sundial has been stolen from outside historic All Saints’ Church in Gresford, near Wrexham.

It is thought the sundial, which had been a feature at the church since 1732, was stolen some time during the evening of 7 October.

It was removed from a stone plinth which also suffered damage during the theft.

Michael Crumplin, a church warden at All Saints, said: “I feel, as anyone would, very shocked by the vandalism and unkindness of such an act to a place of worship and charitable doing.

“And it’s such a special place. Most of this church was rebuilt in the late 15th Century and it has a beautiful interior with many good stained glass windows dating from the time of Henry VII and many fine and interesting memorials.”

It’s not the only incident at the church in the past few months as lead has also been taken from the roof on more than one occasion.

All Saints Church in Gresford has suffered other thefts recently
“It seems to be an increasing problem. We’ve had two thefts of lead recently from the roof and insurance is difficult,” said Mr Crumplin.

Despite this, he thinks the church should remain open to the public: “Our parish vicar, Father Tudor Hughes, has been keen to have an open church, I think rightly, and that will occasionally invite trouble but there’s nothing worse than going to visit a beautiful church and finding it locked,” he said.

Gresford’s All Saints church dates from the late 13th Century, though there is mention of a church at Gresford in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The church’s bells are listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Wales in the 18th Century poem which features landmarks of north Wales.

Another feature of the churchyard is the Great Yew which dates from around 400AD.

The church is one of 16 in Wrexham which make up the Open Church Network.

The network was set up to encourage visitors to explore the history and architecture of church buildings.

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