Endurance is a subject dear to my heart especially after the amount of time I have spent in cold and draughty churches, sometimes working in cramped conditions, to get photographs for the Sacred Doorways project. But it also amazes me how these old churches have endured through the ages. So let me tell you about a church called Saint Asaph and Saint Cyndeyrn which is located in Llanasa, one of the most picturesque villages in rural Flintshire. It is thought that a church was established on this site as early as the 6th century but the first written records of this church appear in the 13th century and the present building dates largely from the 15th century. Various alterations have been carried out over the years, including the resetting of ancient stained glass which reputedly came from Basingwerk Abbey, and for which the church is now famed.
The figures depicted are St James, St Lawrence, an unknown bishop and a woman described as St Katherine. How did the window get here? Following the dissolution of Basingwerk Abbey in 1540 the window is thought to have been brought to Llanasa by a local man, Henry ap Hari. That’s quite feasible because Basingwerk Abbey lies about 7 miles from Llanasa and Monastic Wales list Henry ap Harry of Llanasa along with Peter Mutton of Meliden as being owners of the abbey in 1540.
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