Pilgrim Churches of the Llyn Peninsula

St Enganís Church, Llanengan - Part I


Some history and the nave


Llanengan is a delightful small settlement of grey stone houses at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula. The church in the centre of the village is unusual as it is one of the few medieval churches in the area with a tower. It is dedicated to the C6th Saint Engan, a local prince, who founded the first church here. He was buried in the church which became a centre of pilgrimage on the pilgrim route to Bardsey Island.

Llanengan Church

Llanengan Church

The present building is early C16th although there are traces of C13th stonework at the base of the north wall. Apart from the short square tower, it is a typical double aisled Llyn church. The north aisle was built first with the slightly wider south aisle added later with a porch. The tower was the last to be built in 1534.

Llanengan Church

Inside it feels a big church with an arcade of pillars and low pointed arches separating the two aisles. Walls are whitewashed and there is a wood beamed ceiling. Pews are simple wooden benches.

Llanengan Church

Llanengan Church

By the door is an ancient wooden money chest which may have come from St Maryís Abbey on Bardsey Island after the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

Llanengan Church

At the back of the south aisle is an octagonal stone font with quatrefoils carved round the font.

Llanengan Church


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