North Wales Churches
In the middle of Conwy, surrounded by its graveyard
Mary's and All Saints' Church was originally the
church of the Cistercian Abbey of Aberconwy and many of the
Princes of Wales were buried here. When Edward I built his
castle and walled town, he moved the abbey up river to
Maenan and the abbey church was rebuilt as the parish church
for the town.
Inside it feels a big church inside with octagonal pillars and low pointed arches separating the nave and side aisles. It has a wood barrel ceiling. A simple parclose screen encloses a small chapel at the end of the north aisle with a small alter and reredos. On the south wall are two lancet windows with Burne Jones glass.
The beautiful 1500s rood screen is regarded as one of the best in Europe and has a panelled base with delicately carved tracery above with fan vaulting below the loft. Along the top is a carved border with grapes, roses, birds, dragons and Prince of Wales feathers.
The choir stalls are of a similar date and have carved fronts, sides and poppyheads.
Behind the altar is a wooden reredos with carved panels and open fretwork border.
Near the altar is the table tomb of Robert Wynne, builder of Plas Mawr, who died in 1598. It is set set under a stone arch, carved with his coat of arms. On the wall is a memorial to John Wynne, who died in 1637.
The floor of the chancel is covered with old grave slabs, including one to Nicholas Hookes, 41st child of his father and who fathered 27 children.
The church is in the centre of the walled town and is kept locked. A key is available from the Vicarage Monday-Friday, 10-5. This is on Rose Hill Street to the north of the church and is reached from the graveyard. The post code is LL32 8LD and the grid reference is
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