6. St. Mary - Llangwyfan

The impressive doorway


It may sound as a contradiction in terms, but if ever a church could be described as 'grand on a small scale' St. Mary's, Llangwyfan would fit the bill. Built in 1878 as a replacement for the ill-fated 'Church in the sea' (No. 5 on the trail) it stands rather proudly in its well tended churchyard.

Inside it actually feels older than its years, possibly because some of the features were transplanted from the original church, but also possibly because of the care lavished on it and the warmth of its welcome. This is a self-confident church and well worth a vist.

A Visit

There is a parking area in the field to right of the gate, on wet days it may be worth considering parking (with care) on the side of the road itself.

Stained glass above the altarThe current church was built by architects Henry Kennedy and Gustavus Hamilton O'Donoghue to replace St. Cwyafan which deteriorating badly due to coastal erosion. They were evidently 'playing safe' as the new church is over a mile inland! Entering the churchyard you are swept along a short curve of path to the Porch and through it's large door to the interior.

Inside, the Nave has the modest grandeur mentioned above. It's darkly varnishd Victorian pews vie for attention with its wooden beamed roof and bright stained glass window above the altar. The whole effect set off by its spotless, warm, red carpeting and the flourish of fresh flowers.

The altar itself is fairly simply decorated wood and the altar rail likewise. Far from feeling austere this just adds to that feeling of confidence. Weel worth noting are the inscriptions painted onto the North and South walls of the Chancel. These read: 'Fy ngwaed i sydd ddiod yn awr' (My blood is a drink now) and 'Fy The Fontnghnawd sydd fwyd yn wir' (My flesh is food indeed).

Turning back toward the door there is an plain, uncarved font with an ornate wooden cover which appears far older than than its setting. Set inside a small alcove nearby are an inscribed brass plaque and a carved stone dated 1602, presumably from the original church.

Back out to the churchyard it's well worth a stroll to admire the proportions of the building and its remote setting, and especially its views to the sea that was the ruin of its predecessor.

Some views of St. Mary's, click on each for the full size picture

front gates inscription on wall bible alcove
The Chancel window
Crist y Brenin



NGR: SH 344 710: Turn right off the A4080 from Aberffraw at the crossroads with a large sign for 'Anglesey Circuit' racetrack. The church is approx. 1 mile on the right.

Access: Phone 01407 810412 0r 810448
Wheelchair access: Easy, although the path to the door does slope slightly upwards.
Service Times:
Local Amenities: Aberffraw has a 2 very well stocked and friendly village stores one with a Post Office and free-to-use ATM. It also has a popular local pub, Y Goron- 'The Crown'. There is also cycle hire, cafe, shops and accomodation available at the new Llys Llewelyn development in the village.

While you're in the area:

bryn celli dduLlys Llewelyn is a new community development with quality accomodation, cycle hire and local crafts for sale just off the A4080 in Aberffraw itself. The signboard at the church gate gives directions to the historic site of theroyal court of the Princes nearby. Barclodiad y Gawres burial chamber is a shortBarclodiad y Gawres drive West. Famed for its ancient rock art it is one of the most important prehistoric monuments on Anglesey. Reached by a dramatic headland walk.

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No.7 St. Llanfaelog

With advance notice it may be possible to arrange for churches to be open for visitors and to arrange guides for parties.
Refreshments can also be arranged for parties.

For churches 1-4, call 01407 840190 ~ For churches 5-9, call 01407 810412 or 810448 or email HERE