St Mark’s Church is an incredible Arts and Crafts church and is listed Grade I. It was built 1895-1898 to the designs of Henry Wilson and paid for in memory of the Rev’d Charles Tooth, chaplain and founder of St Mark’s English Church in Florence. It is particularly important for the boldness of its architecture and the wonderfully naturalistic detail of its fittings. Look out for the exquisite carvings of owls, mice, squirrels and kingfishers scurrying across the bench ends and marvel at the outstanding copper altar piece.
St Mark's Church is open daily for visitors throughout Open Doors in September. Inside there will be attractive and informative guides for visitors to keep. Address: St Mark's Church, Brithdir, near Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 2RN.
Directions - from the A5 at Churncote roundabout take the exit for the A458; continue on A458 until access to A470; from A470 turn right onto B4416. Be aware that the church is surround by invasive rhododendrons and can be difficult to spot.
Parking in the lay-by outside the church is limited. The church is accessed by a gate and flight of steps. Entry is via the south porch.