There are lots of wonderful churches in north Wales, even the ruins give a feeling of times gone by. That being the case I thought it was time to show a few of them, though there will be more to come at a later date.
A good place to start, I think, is St Margarets church at Bodelwyddan, a landmark for anyone travelling down the A55 from the north-west of England.
Commonly known as the marble church, it stands alongside the busy A55.
It was erected at a cost of £60,000 by Lady Willoughby de Broke in memory of her husband.
Consecrated by the Bishop of St Asaph in 1860, the tower and steeple are 202 feet high.
The name “marble church” comes from the 13 types of marble used for the interior.
Rug chapel, not far from Llangollen, looks very plain from the outside.
It was built in the 17th century by Colonel William Salesbury
As you approach the chapel it looks small and plain…….but inside is the wonder of this little chapel. The interior has wonderful carvings, stained glass windows and decorations.
The chapel of St Trillo at Rhos on sea is right on the promenade.
It was established by the Celtic saint who’s name it carries, in the 6th century. It was heavily restored about 120 years ago.
It seats only 6 people and is said to be the smallest chapel in Britain. Services are still held here once a week.
The original well of St Trillo can still be seen in front of the altar.
The church of St Mary and All Saints is the Parish church of Conwy.
It was founded in the 12th century as part of the Cistercian Abbey of Aberconwy.
When Edward 1 decided to build his great castle and walled town at Conwy the abbey was moved to Maen, further up the valley.
Part of the north wall is said to be part of the original abbey.
The church of St Tudno nestles is a hollow on the north side of the Great Orme at Llandudno.
It was built in the 12th century on a 6th century christian site.
The area around the church is popular with bird watchers.
Valle Crucis Abbey is not far from Llangollen.
Building started in 1201 and it was gradually added to over the years.
In 1535 it was ranked as the 2nd richest of the Cistercian monasteries.
The chapter house is where monks would gather for prayer before going about their daily work.
The Gwydir Uchaf chapel is close to Llanrwst.
It was built next to his summer house by Sir Sir Richard Wynn, in 1673.
Though quite plain, the chapel is well known for the wonderful painted ceiling depictiong the creation.
The church of St Grwst stands on the banks of Afon Conwy at Llanrwst.
It is dedicated to the Celtic Saint Grwst, and dates from the 12th century, though it was rebuilt in 1470.
Llangower church stands on the banks of Llyn Tegid (Lake Bala).
It was dedicated to St Gwyr, but has now been abandoned by the church of Wales.
What a shame that another lovely little church is falling into disrepair.
This derelict 12th century chapel is another reminder of past times.
It is at Lligwy on Anglesey, and close by are the remains of a Romano-British village and a Neolithic burial chamber.
Lots of history in just a small area.
There is so much history in north Wales, not just the old churches, but castles, standing stones and burial chambers. Anyone with any interest in history should spend some time here.