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ST^ JOHN'S CHURCN. CARDIFF RESTORATION OF THE HISTORIC TOWER. An architectural fragment of which Car- diffianfl are pardonably proud is the tower of the Church of St. John, which for over 400 years has wa.tohed over the destinies of the place that was then an insiirnifioant village, but is now the Metropolis of ales, and one of the first ports in the world. The tower has long shown signs of decay, and on Friday morning tho first actual steps were taken to effect its restoration. Scaffolds are being erected, and at a cost of some £2,000 the work will be carritd out under the loving care of Mr. C. B. Fowler, F.R.I.B.A., the contract being in the handi of Mr. G. Shepton. Rest oration is a word that inakee the archaeologist tremble, and doubts have been freely expressed that in the present instance much ancient work will be removed and its place know it no more for ever. We have, however, every confidence tha.t Mr. Fow- ler will lay no irreverent hand upon the anoient tower, and that not a. single stone will be removad unless absoluetly necessary. Stone for 1hc renovation will be procured from the same district where the original material was hewn, and as Mr. Sheptcn carried out the resto- ration of the rest of the church, and Mr. fow- ler supervised it, everything will be in harmony. A glance at Mr. C. B. Fowler's valuable and artistic volume of "Rambling Sketches" informs us that the foundation of the tower of St. John's was laid in 1473, and that the arch tect was one Hart, who designed the fine towers of Wrexham and St. Stephen's, Bristol. The style is perpendicular, and the carvings and tracings are pronourcod very beautiful, though touched not a little by "time's defacing nngofg." The tower is 130 feet high the doorway.' no doubt, belonged to the early thirteenth century church: the present street is more than 2ft. above the original entrance, which it dwarfs to th.is amount. One of the angle turrets was struck by lightning in 1860. It may be added that Mr. Fowler expects the upper portion of the tower to be sufficiently advanced towards completion to enable a hearty peal to be rung in honour of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

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