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LAYING THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THE NEW CHURCH. Yesterday, the interesting ceremonies attendant upon laying the foundation stone of a new church, were performed at Risca, where an ancient edifice, built in the days of the Romans, eight hundred years ago, had been taken down, having been found too small and dilapidated for the spiritual necessities of so populous a neighbourhood. The removal of the ancient church, and the excavations for the new edifice, brought to light, immediately behind the locality of the old chance], the Roman concrete floor, on boulders, of a supposed well, known as St. Mary's Well," it being immediately in the line of a stream of water which, in bygone days, flowed in the direction of the spot where the discovery was made. Some of the oldest inscriptions on the tombstones which were originally within the church, exhi. bited great antiquity; one bearing a date which showed it to be 210 years old. The antiquarian, who selects ecclesiastical ground as the locality of his researches, might here explore and discover striking illustrations of the bye-gone ages. At the entrance to the churchyard were erected two flag- stafls, from one of which floated the Newport flag and arms and from the other the national flag. The immediate locality of the foundation stone was boarded and adjacent, fixed against an ancient yew tree, whose age the oldest inhabi- tant" will not verify, was erected a very convenient gallery, capable of accommodating about two hundred spectators, surmounted by Hags. A large concourse of the parishioners, and many ladies and gentlemen from Newport and other places, having assembled, a procession, formed as follows, walked from the school-room to the spot:— Clerk, bearing the Bible. John Russell Esq., chairman of the building committee, and churchwarden; and Mr. Habershon, architect. The Rev. Dd- Davies, incumbent of Risca; and the Rev. W m. Phillips, curate. Rev. Chancellor Hugh Williams, vicar of Bassalleg: and Rev. Chancellor Angustus Morgan, rural dean, and rector of Machen: Rev. Edward Hawkins, vicar of St. Woolos; and Rev. W. Feetham. curate. Messrs. James and Hardy, contractors. Mr. Album, clerk of works, bearing silver trowel and inscription in glass bottle, on velvet cushion. School Children. Visitors. At about two o'clock, Lady Morgan, accompanied by Sir Charles Morgan, and the Misses Morgan, and Mr. and Mrs. Style, came upon the platform, and were received with marked demonstrations of respect. The company who were now assembled, reunited after the ceremony, with additions, at the school-room luncheon, in connexion with our report of which, the names willappaar. The office usual on the occasion of laying the first stone of a new church was then proceeded with. The Rev. Dd Pavies, incumbent of Risca, read verses from the 84th Psalm, Haggai, and Ezra, and read the prayers. One of tho workmen then spread mortar over the lower stone, and around the aperture provided for the inscription. The clerk of the works stepped forward, and the inscription was taken from the bot.de, and read by the Rev. Augustus Morgan. It was as follows:- The foundation stone of this new church was laid April 21), 1052, by LADY MORGAN, Tredegar Park, Monmouth, The Rev. David Davies, incumbent. COMMITTEE: — John Russell. Esq.. chairman. Rev. David Davies, incumbent Thomas Lewis_. Esq. Rev. Wm. Phillips, curate John Rosser, Esq. E. Robothan, Esq. Thomas Cross, Esq. Messrs. James & Hardy, I W. G. & E. Habershon, architects, builders, Newport. | li'i, Bloomsbury Square, London. John Kusseli, L.sq churchwarden. This inscription being returned to the bottle, was placed in the aperture, and mortar smoothed over it. Mr. Russell then took the trowel from the clerk of the works, and addressing Lady Morgan, read the following inscription on the silver implement, (which was of exquisite workmanship, furnished by Widdowson and Veale, Loudon, at a cost of ±8 15s.): — Presented to Lady Morgan, of Tredegar Park, On her laying the fonndation stone of the New Church, at Risca, Mon April 21), 1852. Her Ladyship then advanced, and with much ease, grace, and dignity, passed the trowel over the mortar, adjusting and smoothing it skilfully. The stone was then lowered; and the mahogany mallet and level being handed to Lady Morgan by Mr. Habershon, the architect, her Ladyship, with appa- rently a practised eye, examined the level oi the block, and struck two or three smart blows wi'.h the mallet on the stone. The female chorister,, present, assisted by others, here sung a hvmn to the Old Hundredth tune, with practised voices and good effect; and the rev. incumbent followed with a lesson after which the Rev. Augustus Morgan read the prayers, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, and the Blessing. Mr. Russell, previously to the company retiring, said if any ladies or gentlemen were present, to whom an invitation to luncheon had not been forwarded, be trusted they would forgive the unintentional omission, and sit down with other guests. The large assembly then proceeded to the school-room, where an excellent collation, with wines, had been provided at the expense of Mr. Russell and Mr. T. Lewis, of Ponty- mister, by Mr. Lloyd, of the King's Head Hotel, Newport. The room was very tastefully decorated with flowers, ever- greens, banners, &c.; the clustering Of which around the chairman s seat, formed a pleasant alcove. This department was artistically carried out by Mr. George Lewis, of Ponty- mister, and Mr. Young, of Machen. Mr. Russell presided; on his right were Lady Morgan, Sir Charles Morgan, &c., and on his left the Misses Morgan, Mr. gaii, Air. Style, &c. The Rev. Incumbent occupied the vice chair at one table, and the Rev. W. Phillips at the other. Among the guests, who numbered nearly two hundred, we observed John Russell, jun., Esq.; Mrs. and Miss Russell; John Selwyn Payne, Esq.. and Mrs. Payne lhomas Lewis, Esq., and Mrs. Lewis; John Lewis, Esq.; George Lewis, Esq E. Robothan, Esq., and Mrs. Robothan; David Morris, Esq., Miss Lewis, and Mrs. Sutton YV illia.111 I lumps, Esq., R.N., and family, and Mr. Cullum the Misses Harrhy and Miss Morris; — Banks, Esq.; Miss ,Barfoot; the Rev. Augustus Morgan; Miss Homfray; Miss Arnev; Thomas Powell, Esq., and family the Rev. Chancellor W illianis aud family the Rev. Thomas Pope, and family Captain May, and family Mr. Sutton; Mr. D. J. Featherstone, and family Mr. Dunn, and family; Mr. W. W. Morgan, and Mrs. Mor- gan; Mr. James Hawkins, and Mrs. Hawkins; Mr- YV- Partridge, and Miss Partridge; Md^CharJes Phillips, and Miss Phillips; Mr. Evan Cross, and Mrs. Cross; the Rev. Howell Williams the Ruv. Edward Hawkins the Rev- W. Feetham; the Rev. W. D. Isaacs; the Rev. W.Jenkins; the Rev. T. Evans the Rev. Isaac Hughes Captain and Mrs. Mortimer; Mr. and Mrs. Hardy; Mr. James; the Rev. Ed. Williams the llev. W. G. Baxter; Mr. Habershon; Mr John Rosser, and party; Mr. W. E. Jones the Rev. Thomas Jones, (superintendent), and the Revds. F. Payne and Edward Guest, Wesleyan ministers at Newport and Pillgwenlly Mr. 11. M. Toogood Mr. W. Wood Mr. and Mrs. John Evans Mr W. Mathews Mr. and Mrs. Young Mr. Daniel Evans and party; Mr Augustus Webber; Mr. B.Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Daniels; Mr. and Mrs. Pritchard and a very large number of ladies and gentlemen, whose names we were unable to obtain. Grace was said by the Rev. Vice-Chairman; aud at the conclusion of the repast. The Chairman gave, with loyal expressions, the healths of elli the Queen, Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, aud the rest of the Royal Family following these standard toasts by the Health of Lady Morgan in introducing which honoured name to the assembly, Mr. Russell, in good taste, eulogised her Ladyship for the warm interest she had taken, not only in the proceedings of that day, during which she had so well performed her conspicuous part, but also in her Ladyship s kind co-operation with the exertions of the parishioners, to accomplish the great object of a new church. He was proud to see the gentry of the neighbourhood rendering good service to so desirable a work; and lie trusted Lady Morgan and her family would again grace the Vale of Risca with their presence, when the work which they had now in hand should be accomplished. (Loud cheers.) -L • i.t Mr. Toogood suggested to the Chairman that it might not be considered unbecoming on that occasion, to give the toast a round of cheering. The Chairman readily assented; and most animated cheer- ing followed. Sir Charles Morgan acknowledged the compliment on behalf of Lady Morgan, and remarked that her Ladyship was a zealous supporter of the work that day commenced, which, although opposed at first, would nevertheless, he trusted, be carried to a successful issue. Sir Charles concluded by warmly complimenting the chairman for his great and untiring exertions, and proposed that gentleman's health, and the health of the committee. ( Mr. Toogood again led off with a round of cheering, which was enthusiastically responded to. The Chairman returned thanks for himself and committee, and congratulated the assembly on all opposition to the good enterprise in which they had been engaged.-to rebuild their church, having subsided. He hoped they should ere long see the new edifice completed-a work, for the consummation of which, he was happy to say, the dissenters of the parish were cheerfully rendering their valuable assistance. (Much cheering.) The Chairman next proposed The Bishop and Clergy of the Diocese, coupling therewith the name of Chancellor Williams." (Applause.) The Rev. Chancellor Williams acknowledged the toast, regretting that his Lordship, the Bishop of the Diocese, had been prevented from attending, but assuring them that the work in which the parish was so laudably engaged, was one in which his Lordship felt the deepest interest—a feeling also, participated in by himself and the rest of the clergy. (Cheers.) The Chairman apologised for having omitted to state that he had received a letter from the Bishop, regretting his inability to attend. Sir Charles Morgan gave the healths of two gentlemen who had exerted themselves to their utmost, in carrying out the rebuilding of the church—the Rev. Messrs. Davies and Phillips. (Cheering.) it' The Rev. D. Davies returned thanks for himself and col- league in a good-humoured speech, which was loudly ap- plauded. He proposed the health of the worthy Baronet of Tredegar. (Applause.) Sir Charles Morgan returned thanks, and promised his further hearty co-operation in the work. (Cheers.) The Chairman proposed, with a high eulogy, the health of the Rural Dean, the Rev. Augustus Morgan. (Applause.) The Rev. Hector of Machen, with his usual felicity of expres sion, acknowledged the toast, and proposed the health of Mr. Habershon, the architect; whose appropriate reply elicited much cheering. The Chairman next gave the healths of the contractors, which Mr. Hardy acknowledged, for himself and Mr. James. The Chairman gave the Ladies; and Mr. Toogood and Mr. B. Thomas sang, aided by the company, "Here's a health to all good Lasses," in very effective style. Mr. Habershon acknowledged the compliment on behalf of the ladies. Succcss to the Undertaking," "The Press," "The Lady Choristers," &c., etc., followed; and the interesting proceedings concluded at about half-past tive o'clock, when, the train having left, John Russell, jun., Esq., kindly drove the gentlemen of the fourth estate to Newport, in his own carriage. We regret that the late period of the week at which the events recorded above took place, precludes our giving more than this meagre outline. The church is to be in the early decorated style of the 13th cen- tury, and consists of nave, chancel, two aisles, and towcr at south east corner. The length from west to east wall is 30 feet, and ex- treme width :5i) feet. The height of walls to plate inside, is 22 feet, and to ridge 45 feet. The height to top of spire is 96 feet. The church will accommodate 450 persons, of which, half the whole space is free. This affords additional seat room for 340 persons. The architects are Messrs. W. Gr. and E. Habershon, 38, Blooms- bury-square, London; and the builders, Messrs. James and Hardy, of Newport.


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