St Hywyn's Church, Aberdaron

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  • Very welcoming Sunday service. Open on other days. A good book stall, and a lot on RS Thomas, who was Rector here.  more »
  • The little church is worth a visit it’s sat on the side of a hill overlooking the sea ... The church must take a lot of bad weather , high winds .. it’s really well cared for the grounds are lovely to...  more »
  • The graveyard outside is quite sombre with graves covering the slope up to the nearest house. The view across the bay is memorable.The Church feels like a bastion against the sea.  more »
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  • Stunning. Great sea views from the top too! All the grave stones seem to point up hill, I'm not sure why this is but it's very characterful. Great place to stroll by.
  • I found God here, in this little church by the sea. I feel a deep connection every time I visit I feel God deep within me. I truly love this beautiful church.
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  • This fine and distinctive Church, the “Cathedral of Llyn”, stands right on the edge of Aberdaron beach and is dedicated to St Hywyn (and to St Lleuddad) who came over from Brittany in the 6th Century. Built on the site of an ancient oratory, it is a large medieval building of two naves and a plain but handsome Norman west doorway. The second, southern, aisle was added around 1500 together with an arcade of five arches. The Church was sometimes used as a place of sanctuary for the Welsh Princes and members of their families who had an unhealthy habit of killing one another. On one of the arch pillars can be seen markings made by the sharpening of spear or arrow heads. In the graveyard there is a stone dating from 1787 and reputed to be the last man on Llyn to be hanged for sheep stealing. There were noteworthy restorations in 1868, 1906 and 2006, the most recent costing in the order of £400k. In 1841 it was feared that the church in the village would be lost to the sea and a new one was erected up the hill to the north of the village. However, in 1868 a sea wall was built and the old church was restored. R.S.Thomas, the celebrated poet, was vicar here from 1967. Displayed in the church are two early Christian stones which were found at Capel Anelog, a site on the eastern slope of Mynydd Anelog. They both appear to have been carved by the same sculptor and both record the graves of priests (presbyter). The smaller is inscribed VERACIUS/PBR(short for presbyter)/HIC/IACIT “Veracius the priest lies here” The larger reads SENACUS/PRSB/HIC IACIT/CVM MULTITV/D(I)NEM/FRATRVM/PRESB(IT)E(R) “Senacus the priest lies here with a multitude of the brethren-priest” The central words of this inscription are grammatically incorrect which indicates that even priests were then having difficulty with Latin.
  • Nice views to the sea, good place to meditate.
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