The Mostyn School Chapel
The chapel was designed by Algernon George Grenfell and incorporates much of his personality into the build. He stated:
"The general style of the building will be early English, using Ruabon moulded brick for the walls and Cefn stone for the
windows. For the present only three east end windows will be of painted glass. A committee is now grappling with the task of
choosing designs for the panels, but the favourite idea is to reproduce the three Reynolds figures already copied from the new
College Chapel in the dining hall, adding the other four, and designing two more in the same style to fill up the total of nine".
The first window in the dining hall was a memorial to Algernon Sidney Grenfells, the father of George Grenfell who had
committed suicide after suffering from depression for many years in 1887. In addition the other windows show three of
the seven virtues; Faith, Hope and Charity.
And so construction of the new chapel began in 1895. The foundation stone was laid by an old friend of George Grenfells
from his former school days, a Mr Archdeacon Wilson. The local paper also recorded that under the foundation stone was
a small time capsule filled with memorabilia of the school. This included a full list of the schools pupils, a photograph of
the building, photographs of Parkgate at the time, a Tobacco pipe, a biscuit and a ball cartridge.
During the construction of the chapel George Grenfell climbed to the top of the make shift scaffolding and described the
views at the time:
"Standing there on a platform of planks, and hugging an upright pole for support, one looks far over the smoky chimneys and
not over tidy back yards of our neighbours; to Chester on the south, and the open sea beyond Hilbre Island on the North.
Looking westwards the tops of some Welsh hills can be clearly seen, which are quite invisible when standing on the ground,
whilst to the east ons view is only bounded by the backbone of the Wirral peninsula".
When the chapel was finally completed it was dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, scholars and
sailors. After WW1 many people from the surrounding areas had lost there lives, and so a carillon of 37 bells were set
up in memorial to those whom had fallen. All of there names are recorded at the foot of the stairs to the belfry as you
exit the chapel. Throughout the chapel are many commemorative plaques holding the names of former pupils, teachers,
matrons, events and good deeds. As you enter the chapel on the left hand side you will find a plaque presented by the
cadets of HMS Conway which was moored in Rock ferry during WW2 and from which some of the cadets were stationed
at Mostyn School. The next feature is the Stirling Brother window shows a loyal centurion remaining at his post whilst
the volcano of Pompei came slowly towards him, and eventually preserving him in stone. Next comes the Jack Omerod
window which is dedicated to young Jack who died aged nine, after choking on a collar stud. Next is the window
dedicated to Saint Nicholas showing him resurrecting two boys murdered by a butcher in the story of the life of the
saint. The Grenfell window comes next, which shows dedication to Georges uncle; the Major General George Hutchinson
who died in 1899. Stories tell of how he was hit in the head by a bullet in 1857 during the siege of Lucknow in Bengal.
It is recorded that George Grenfell and Wilfred Grenfell would wobble the bullet under their uncles head, as it had never
been fully removed. The Angus Acworth window sits proudly next. It was dedicated by the parents of Angus Acworth
who were offering a thanks to god for saving their son. Angus was a young boy staying at Mostyn who threw himself
out of a thirty foot high window at the school after becoming delirious with measles. Angus did not die from the fall but
remained unconscious for several weeks. The window shows him being guided down from the window by angles. He
was never told of his dramatic fall when he became conscious, and could not understand why his parents had paid for
the window. Next comes the Christ & Peter window and the Madonna and Child window. After this comes the 9 paned
Apse windows. The first seven show the images of the 7 virtues, whilst the left hand panel shows St John the Baptist.
The last remaining panel shows Guy Ravenscroft a pupil at the school who dies in WW1. Further down, the next chapel
window is dedicated to Tosh Leventon who attended Mostyn school from 1914 to 1916. In 1917 he joined the Royal
flying Corps to service his country during WW1. The young man never made it to the battlefield as his plane crashed en
route in 1917 whilst flying over Dover. The next window is the Nebuchadnezzar window depicting the king of Babylon
and his three captives. The Vernon window commemorates the four brothers whom attended Mostyn school and all
went on to Charter house. The following window shows the Adoration of Christ by the Shepard's and was fitted in
1899. The next window is the J.P Wild window. It was dedicated to John Percival Wild who drowned in the river Dee in
1905 aged only 11 years. Next comes the Christ in the Temple window, dedicated to Lionel Tatham who also died aged
11, this time of tuberculosis in 1894. The final window in the chapel is the Rose window which is copied from the
painting by Sir Reynolds "The Cherubs Heads"
The following are a selection of images from 2008: (Please hold cursor over image for details)