Pilgrim Churches of the Llyn Peninsula
A small timeless church beneath the slopes of Carn
Tudwen’s is a delightful old church with only a farm to keep
it company and with views of across to Cardigan Bay and the
peaks of Boduan and the Rivals. It was quiet and peaceful
when we visited with the only sounds being bird song and the
cows in the farm.
The church is set back from the road and reached down a narrow tree lined path to the stone lych gate.
Standing in a rectangular churchyard, the church is unusual as it is a T shaped with nave and transepts. Originally it was cruciform but the chancel collapsed and there was no money to rebuild it. Above the west door is a small bell cote.
St Tudwen was a C5th saint and sister to the grandmother of St David. She fled here from persecution and abuse and began to teach the local inhabitants about the love of God. The church was built over her grave. The nave is the oldest part of the church dating from about 1598 and was built over an earlier church. The two transepts were added early in the C17th.
Entry is through a simple round topped doorway on the west wall which may have survived from the earlier church. The nave floor has been lowered at some time and there are two steep steps down into the church.
Inside it is a lovely church with whitewashed walls and dark beamed roof. There are simple wooden pews with candlesticks on the end walls. There is no electricity and oil lamps hang from the ceiling. There is a simple wooden pulpit.
At the back of the nave by the door is an old stone font thought to be over a thousand years old, which stands on a modern base. On the wall above is a framed lace with the Lord's Prayer.
Steps lead up to the altar which has a small icon in front of it. The modern glass in the windows has roundels with alpha, omega, Chi-Rho and small shields with the crosses of St George, St Andrew and St Patrick. On the wall above the window is a simple wooden cross.
On the west wall of the north transept is a small aumbry cupboard.
This is a lovely old church. There are two services a month and it is lovingly cared for. It is always open.
The church is at the end of a side lane and signed off the unclassified road between Dinas and Madryn Castle. There is parking space for church visitors by the church. On modern OS maps, the farm is marked as Tan Llan. On older maps it is LLandudwen. The nearest post code is LL53 8UA, which is the farm to the north of Llandudwen. The grid reference is SH274369.
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