Pilgrim Churches of the Llyn Peninsula

St Maelrhys Church, Llanfaelrhys


A timeless small Llyn church surrounded by farmland and views of the sea


This is a typical small Llyn church. Little is known of its early history or of St Maelrhys, who came from Brittany and was a cousin of St Hywyn. Most of the fabric is medieval although the chancel has been extended and is later.

Llanfaelrhys Church

Inside it is a simple whitewashed building with a wooden strut roof. Along the south wall and front of the north wall are are box pews. The rest of the pews on the north side are simple benches.

Llanfaelrhys Church

It is lit by square windows on the south wall and a large round top window at the east end with a glorious view of the rocks above Rhiw. These were inserted in the 19thC when the bell cote was added. The original small windows can still be seen on the west wall.

Llanfaelrhys Church

Steps lead up to the chancel with a simple altar rail and C18th communion table. There is a small harmonium and simple wood pulpit/reading desk with red plush fabric hanging from the sides. At the back is a C15th octagonal font of white washed stone with a carved cross on the front. On the back wall are C19th engraved brass shields serving as memorial badges.

Llanfaelrhys Church

The Keating sisters who lived at Plas yn Rhiw are buried in the churchyard.

The church is on an unclassified road above Porth Ysgo and is always open. There is a small car park. The nearest post code is
LL53 8AN. The grid reference is SH210268

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