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John Coates Carter (1859-1927)

Architect and designer. After initial training in the studio of John Prichard John Coates Carter became a partner of J. P. Seddon (1827-1906). Thereafter he developed a strikingly personal style. His knowledge of contemporary developments in mainland Europe and the USA led to what has been called 'a kind of Arts & Crafts expressionism', which is perhaps best revealed in his 1907-13 designs for Caldey Abbey, and the now sadly abandoned Church of St Luke, Abercarn (1923-26). His designs for furnishings were sometimes executed by the craftsmen of Pearce, Bunclark & Co. of Cheltenham.

Further reading

Phil Thomas, 'John Coates Carter: Building a Sense of Place' Historic Churches (2010).

John Newman, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan (London/Cardiff: 1995), p. 112.


Peter Lord, The Visual Culture of Wales: Medieval Vision (CD-ROM) (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2004), Time Galleries: Church identity, Preserve the past.

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   as architect: Church of St Mary, Chepstow , Monmouthshire
   as architect: Caldey Abbey, Caldey Island
   as architect: Church of St Mary, Rogiet , Monmouthshire

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