Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Llandaff Oratory - Lesson Layout for Scrap Affairs

Hello again my friends :) Just wanted to show you a layout I did for a lesson in our local Scrap Affairs Magazine. The theme of the issue is "travel" and I've been wanting to scrap this little church for so long and this was the perfect opportunity. I don't want to bore you but I thought I would tell you a little bit about this cute little church.

This little church, one of the smallest in the world and the only privately owned Roman Catholic Church, is dedicated to the memory of a brave man by a loving father.  The story of the church is that Llandaff Mathew, lost his life aged 28, in an endeavour to save the lives of other miners at Burnside Colliery near Natal on the 19th March 1925. His body was never recovered after another rock fall. His father, Maynard Mathews, a retired magistrate, lived at the “Lodge” where the garage now stands. He was an eccentric old man who was a Roman Catholic and wanted to place a plaque in memory of his son in the Ladysmith Roman Catholic Church. When this was denied him, he was very aggrieved and determined that he would place a plague in a church. Mr Mathew built his unique memorial with this sole purpose.

The Church, which seats just eight (the number of lives that Llandaff, so we are told, saved before the final fall), is a fully consecrated Catholic Church, with all the vestments of its big brother, the one wing of the Cardiff Cathedral in Wales. Mr Mathews became a priest and was received into the order of St Dominic on May the 7th 1926. On his death the property was sold to a Mr George Tierny, a Roman Catholic, who later sold it to Mr CN Osborne, a Protestant. Mr Osborne decided to retain it as a Roman Catholic Church.
In 1960 Mr Charles Osborne West bought it and had it declared a National Monument. In 1974, as a wedding present, he gave it to his wife the present owner Mrs Mims West-Thomas who still resides in the village.

The church has a regular service once a month and is very popular for couples that want a small wedding with a difference. It is also a place of comfort for weary motorists who wish to pause for a moment of quiet solitude in this lovely Church. My sister and I stopped here one day and she took these pictures for me. Thank you Sis!

You are in a very “special Church” dedicated to a brave man and loving father who later became a priest and gave his life to the service of the Lord. So when you read this, remember both of them in your thoughts and prayers and all those who have preserved this wonderful church.

I also need to make a special mention of the little black flourish used on this layout from Flourish With A Bling. This particular one is called the FWAB Chloe Pearl Flourish Black.


  1. this is so amazingly beautiful! great job, Cathy!

  2. I was really touched by your story! I think this is a wonderful tribute to their memory and what a treat to see this place much less get married there. I wonder how many people show up for service... and I love your animal pics!

  3. Wow I'm so glad I found your work and your blog. you are so inspirational. I love your unique designs, clean look with the matting a layers yet mega-detailed layouts

  4. Oh my this is just beautiful!!! I have a question also. Is Jackie-Jane--Jack Russel and wener dog??

  5. first I saw this LO at Card and Scrap Boutique wall on FB and I immediately thought that this must be yous. it is beyond gorgeous! every time i think that you outdid yourself but then you do it again! all the details on it are so carefully and well thought of. and the story of that little church is so beautiful! thank you for sharing it with us, Cathy!