Considered to be the remotest and one of the oldest churches in Wales, Llangelynnin sits high on the foothills of the Carneddau Mountain Range overlooking the Conwy valley. More properly known as Saint Celynin’s Old Church, Llangelynin the church is dedicated to a 6th century saint called Celynin who more than likely started the first religious settlement on the site.
The present building, probably dating from around the 12th century, is small and very simple inside and lies at a height of about 900 feet above the village of Henryd. It’s not the easiest building to find if driving by car but it’s well worth the visit for the views both inside and outside. The signposts to the church could be better and the first time I visited I got lost in the narrow single track lanes leading from Henryd so I’ve included a map for anyone considering driving to the church. Winter may not be the ideal time as the road is narrow and steep. For the walkers, apparently the church is not named on an Ordnance Survey Map but you can find it at reference SH751737 or (53.2458°N 3.8730°W). Services aren’t held in the church that often, usually summer and special occasions so it’s open to visitors most of the time.
Celynin is reputed to have been one of the sons of Helig ap Glanawg, a prince who lived at Llys Helig. Llanrhychwyn church further up the valley, named after Rhychwyn, his brother, is considered to be the oldest church.
Well that it for this one. I hope you manage to find time to visit Llangelynin Church, you won’t be disappointed and I have a question. Do you want to see maps to locations I mention in “Photography From North Wales”
- Aberconway Carnarvonshire 1845 (parishmouse.co.uk)
- Need to Read: How the history of Christianity in Britain could be told within Wales (walesonline.co.uk)
- Guest Blog: Celtic Connections by author Jan Ruth (awomanswisdom.wordpress.com)