St Baglan’s

St Baglan’s church lies in a wonderfully romantic position overlooking Caernarfon Bay set in splendid isolation in its large field.

The churchyard is well worth exploring – its form suggests pre-Christian origins and there is unpretentious vernacular charm in the boundary wall, the entrance gate with the churchwarden’s inscription and the range of slate headstones and chest tombs. (The churchyard is maintained y the Local Authority.)

The church has been repaired with substantial assistance from Cadw and dates in its earliest walling from the thirteenth century although it took four centuries more to acquire its present configuration.

As you enter the church do look on top of the eastern wall of the porch where you will find an extremely early re-used carved stone of the fifth or sixth century. A similar stone has been placed as a lintol over the inner face of the porch door.

The interior is evocative of eighteenth century social life in the mixture of modest open-back seating and the grander box-pews for the wealthier villagers who as you will see often added their own date and signature.

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Address: Llanfaglan, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5RA

OS Reference: SH 4554 6068
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