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Church of St Ceinwen

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangristiolus, Isle of Anglesey

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Latitude: 53.237 / 53°14'13"N

Longitude: -4.3636 / 4°21'48"W

OS Eastings: 242355

OS Northings: 373718

OS Grid: SH423737

Mapcode National: GBR 5D.02GM

Mapcode Global: WH42S.YW8S

Entry Name: Church of St Ceinwen

Listing Date: 30 January 1968

Last Amended: 23 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21067

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set back from the N side of a country road leading W off the B4422 at Cerrigceinwen. The church is set in a hollow below the level of the road.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Town: Bodorgan

Community: Llangristiolus

Community: Llangristiolus

Locality: Cerrigceinwen

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Mid C19 church built on the site of an earlier medieval, church, and incorporating some of the medieval masonry within its fabric.


Simple Decorated style church. Nave of 3-bays with W gable bellcote and SW gabled porch; shorter, narrower chancel with N vestry. The church is built of local rubble masonry with freestone dressings; modern slate roof with stone copings. The chancel window has 3 trefoil-headed lights and cusped tracery in a pointed-arched frame with hoodmould. The nave windows have pointed-arched surrounds and a mix of 1, 2 and 3 trefoil-headed lights. Both E and W gables have offset angled buttresses, the W gable with single gabled bellcote. Entry to the church is through the SW porch; the outer and inner doorways both have pointed-arched chamfered frames, the inner has a boarded door with ornate strap hinges, the E wall of the porch has a mullioned window of 3-lights. The N vestry has a single rectangular light in the E wall and a small ashlar stack with helmed cap to the W.


The doorway to the church leads directly into the W end of the nave. Set above the door, as the lintel, is a tapering gravestone (probably C12) incised with a crude cross of four petals within a circle at the head and the shaft decorated with a form of key pattern; to the right of the door is the upper portion of another gravestone (C9 - C11) with an incised shaft and cross paty in a circle. The nave has a roof of 5-bays with exposed rafters and arched-braced collared trusses with chamfered soffits, braces carried down to chamfered wallposts on plain corbels. The chancel has a similarly detailed roof of 2-bays, is raised by 3 steps, and has a 2-centred chancel arch, chamfered and with lambs-tongue stops. The sanctuary is raised by 3 steps and has a moulded sanctuary rail on plain supports with cusped brackets. The fittings are C19, the pulpit is octagonal, on a shaped plinth and moulded cornice, each face with paired recessed panels, lambs-tongue stops to chamfered angles. To the W end of the nave is a C12 circular font with 5 panels, 4 decorated with patterns of interlaced work, the fifth panel blank. On the W wall of the nave is a stone slab memorial to Reverend William Griffith, d.1752; on the N wall an inscribed stone which reads: DYN A YR LLE Y DAYARWYD MO / LLOYD Y 30 HYDREF 1641 HWN / A YMDRECHODDYMDRECH DEG DROS X 1 / FRENIN AI WLAD WRTH I YSTLYS I / CLADDWYD I ASSEN EF I ANE / REES OWEN YN GYWELY Y 4 O DACHWEDD / 1653; and on the S wall a marble war memorial to the men of the parish who fell in the First World War.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a simple rural church of the C19, particularly notable for retention of early carved stonework in the later fabric.

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