Thursday, 14 November 2013

Llantysilio Church

I came across this church during my walk along the Llangollen Canal. It is in a beautiful setting above the Horseshoe Falls with abundant meadow land and woodland close by. The church is dedicated to Saint Tysilio, the son of the Prince of Powys in the early 7th century who died at the battle of Chester in 613. Tysilio's brother succeeded to the throne but then died within two years. His widow was determined to marry Tysilio and make him Prince of Powys, upon which news Tyslio fled to Brittany and settled near St. Marlow. The existing structure was probably built in the 15th century, although there is earlier carved stonework around the north window. The original church probably dated from 1180.

This wonderful window depicts scenes from St Tysilio's life.

This is a plaque dedicated to the poet Robert Browning, who once worshipped here.

The sculpted font

An interesting notice in the church porch.

This is all that remains of a giant yew tree, probably dating back a thousand years.

The north window has some interesting carvings which may have been rescued from Valle Crucis Abbey at the dissolution.

A lovely setting, especially at this time of year.

The walk from the car park takes you above the canal.

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