1. St. Beuno's - Trefdraeth

Unusual Crucifix

Introduction

If you were to hold a competition to design the archetypal 'country church' St. Beuno, Trefdraeth would win by a country mile.

Approached along a quiet country road from the village of Bethel you arrive at a spacious car park. On a sunny day the first sight is a sleepy churchyard, with the bell tower and roof peeping through its tree-fringe, with the dramatic backdrop of Snowdonia behind. Inside you'll find a beautifully proportioned church, superbly naturally lit with much to see, and no little history.

A Visit

Stained GlassThe church we see today, having been built in the 13th century was added to in the 14th and 15th and underwent extensive repair and restoration in the 19th.
It has windows from the 14th and 15th centuries, as well as more modern stained glass, including a crucifixion scene by Charles Eames Kemp from 1907.

The churchyard is accessed by a gate a short way down a lane to the right as you approach from the car park. The walk through the archway into the churchyard itself feels almost theatrical as the wonderfully proportioned church emerges amid its ivy and surrounding monuments. Everything, from its striking tiled roof, to its porch, to its 14th century bellcote is just 'right'.

As you pass through the porch take a moment to look at the slate tablets flanking the door. These detail the donations that paid for its construction in 1761. The door swings open to reveal immediately in front of you the superb 12th century font (incidentally, take a look at the ingenious lock mechanism on the back of the door!). The font is carved with superb celtic knotwork patterns and is topped with a substantial iron-barred cover. An earlier cover dated 1714 is on display beneath the stained glass to your left.

Knotwork panel Turning right you have the view along the Nave towards the altar, the careful use of natural light by its builders giving a very peaceful atmosphere. The Chancel has a very colourful and dramatic ceiling above a superb stained glass crucifixion scene and an altar adorned with fine polished plate.

The communion rail is 18th century as is the communion table iself and is marked and dated. It's worth spending some time admiring the roof timbers whch look impressively old and to be honest, just standing and taking in the masterly use of white walls and natural light, a truly beautiful church. A place of peace. When you leave, take a moment to stop at the mounting block outside the gate and look back over the wall towards the church. Enjoy the view!

Some views of St. Beuno, click on each for the full size picture

The Church from the Outside The Nave and Chancel Stained Glass Window

Door Lock

Crist y Brenin


Location

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NGR: SH 408 704: Turn left off the B4422 as you enter the village of Bethel from Llangefni. The signpost is just after you enter the 30 mph area. A car park is available at the church.

Access: The key is available from the warden who lives nearby Bethel.
Wheelchair access: Easy, although care should be taken with the gate into the churchyard and with the door as it is quite heavy.
Service Times: A list is posted on the gate into the churchyard.
Local Amenities: Bethel has a very well stocked village shop and the nearby Glantraeth Restaurant has a very good reputation.

While you're in the area:

bryn celli dduHenblas Country Park is a working farm that welcomes visitors. It hosts traditional craftworkers as well as letting you get close to the animals.
Nant y Pandy - 'The Dingle' in nearby Llangefni is a combination of woodland walk and llanddwyn islandsculptute trail it's wooden walkways follow the river Cefni through mature woodland, with stunning wooden sculptures along the way.

Visiting? You can download this page as a printable .pdf file HERE (147 Kb)

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With advance notice it may be possible to arrange for churches to be open for visitors and to arrange guides for parties.
Refreshments can also be arranged for parties.

For churches 1-4, call 01407 840190 ~ For churches 5-9, call 01407 810412 or 810448 or email HERE