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© C L Evans for Rectorial Benefice of Neath
The Church of St. David
Services Sundays: 11.00 am Eucharist Gift Shop The Gift Shop Closed at present Who’s Who Rector's Sub Warden: Clare Evans People's Sub Warden: Helen Bennett PCC Members: Denise Jones & Mark Ritzmann Organist & Choirmaster: Mark Ritzmann Sunday School Leader: Mary Jones Organisations The Church has a number of Societies and associated groups, brief details of which are as follows:- Church Choir: Main Practice – Thursday - 7.00 pm-8.30 pm Sunday Practice: 7.00 pm-7.30 pm New members are always welcome. Sunday School: The Sunday school is held during the 11:00 Eucharist/Matins in the vestry, or in the Alderman Davies School hall. The Friends of St. David’s: Click Here for further information The building is used for concerts and public events as well as regular worship. The building can be hired and details can be obtained from the Rectory. A History and Guide to the Church Built in the "Victorian Gothic" or "Pointed" style, in 1866, Saint David’s Church stands as a focal point for the centre of the town of Neath. Designed by John Norton, it is a fine example of blue and red brick decoration reminiscent of the style found in Keble College, Oxford, and which was prevalent during the late 19th Century.
Entering through the South Porch (1), and the oak screen and doors, you will pass the Gift Shop and the font on your left (2). Standing   below the glorious Great West Window (3), and looking Eastwards, you begin to appreciate the fine timber work of the Nave roof. The   window was given in memory of R. H. Morgan in 1912 and depicts amongst others, St. David and St. Deiniol. Turning eastwards towards the High Altar, one will see a number of smaller stained glass windows among which are those dedicated to former worshippers  of the Church. Particular examples are those given in memory of Graham Lawrence (4) and  Arthur Salter (5). On the wall of the choir vestry, you will see an oil painting “The Three Magi” (6) painted by Will Roberts. The marble embellished pulpit can now be seen as you approach the Chancel with its richly decorated stone walls and tiled floor. Originally, the Church was gas-lit and the remains of the gas mantle holders are now hidden by two wooden caps on the pillars on either side of the steps. Immediately to each side of the Chancel can be seen the choir stalls, while behind on the walls are mounted the Decalogue Tablets (7). The Sanctuary, separated by brass rails, contains a number of memorial tablets, including one to a former Rector of the Parish (8). The two fine hand carved Priest Desks are each decorated with a pair of angels. The magnificent brass eagle lectern is now a permanent feature following the 2006-7 reordering of the Nave worship area. The Candle-lit Aumbry to the left of the High Altar was given in memory of a former worshipper. To the right of the Chancel, you will see the pipe organ built by E.H.I. Salter (9). Arthur Salter, his son, was organist and Choirmaster of the Church for over 50 years.   On returning to the Nave, and in front of the West facing organ case, you will see the Lady Chapel (10), which was provided by generous bequest in 1925, now a place of quiet prayer. The coloured Reredos was added in 1958 and depicts the four Gospel writers together with St. David and St. Illtyd. The large South Window (11) above the Lady Chapel was donated in memory of Mr T. E. C. Molland a long serving chorister in the Church and a prominent figure in the civic life of the town. As you move back towards the South Porch, please take time to look at the other stained glass windows in the South Aisle. (12) If you would like further information on the Church, guides available for in the Gift Shop.