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St Llwydian, Heneglwys, Anglesey

(53°15′30″N, 4°22′1″W)
SH 422 761
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Anglesey
now Isle of Anglesey
medieval Bangor
now Bangor
  • Katherine Watson
03 July 1991

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The church was rebuilt in 1865 on the old site with the old materials. Remaining from the Romanesque period are carved stones in the E wall and carved voussoirs over N and S doorways, a 12thc. inscribed memorial slab set in the sill of W. window, and a 12thc. font.


Heneglwys figures as a township from the 14thc. onwards.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration






1. Reset stones in E Gable: these are ascribed in RCAHMW to 12thc. The nearest parallel however would be the Celtic head from the Roman town of Caer-went in Newport Museum (Alcock (1963), pl. I) and the head may be older than the 12thc. church from which the other stones are preserved.

2. Font: The irregularity of the arcades is surprising in view of the clean carving. The motifs are those found on Llanbeulan font.

3. Nash-Williams corrects RCAHMW's 6thc. attribution for the inscribed memorial slab to the 12thc., thus adding to the number of remains of this period at Heneglwys.


L Alcock, ‘Celtic Archaeology and Art’ in Celtic Studies in Wales, Cardiff, 1963, pl. I

A.D. Carr, Medieval Anglesey, Llangefni, 1982, 69, 151, 184 etc.

R. Haslam, J. Orbach and A. Voelcker, The Buildings of Wales. Gwynedd, New Haven and London, 2009, 126-27

V. E. Nash-Williams, The Early Christian Monuments of Wales, Cardiff, 1950, 53.

RCAHMW, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Anglesey. London (HMSO) 1960, xcix, civ and 21.

M. Thurlby, Romanesque Architecture and Sculpture in Wales, Woonton Almeley 2006, 220-22