Wed, August 10th, 2016
Frank Roper tour
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On Wednesday, 10th August 2016 about 30 people met at the Parish Hall in Albert Road to see our first of example of Frank Roper’s work – a crucifix on the wall of the hall commissioned by the late George Fisher. From there we went to Christ Church in Roath Park. This is a modern church only about 50 years old, a square open plan building containing a lot of Frank Roper’s work. A suspended, top-lit metal canopy focuses attention on the fluted concrete altar and font below and that is only one of his works in this remarkable building.
Our next stop was at St German’s in Adamstown where there is an outdoor sculpture of the Crucifixion, well worth going to see. The church had been opened for us so were also able to see inside this beautiful Grade 1 listed building.
From Adamstown we went to St Michael’s College at Llandaff where we went to the chapel to look at the Frank Roper work there before having lunch at the college.
Our next port of call was Llandaff Cathedral to see the magnificent reredos screen, lecterns, lettering and metal frieze depicting the legends of St Teilo.
Finally we came back to Penarth and to St Augustine’s to see the pulpit rail and the sculpture of St Augustine and some other examples of Frank Roper’s work kindly brought by Ilse Fisher-Hayes and her husband Tom – and to have tea and cake.
Ilse was with us during the whole trip and was able to tell us more about Frank Roper and the works we saw.
Thanks are due to Delyth Williams and to Tricia and Richard Griffiths for organising this interesting tour round Cardiff and to Ilse for her expertise on the subject of Frank Roper.