Llanengan – St Engan’s Church


The church of Saint Engan in Llanengan was founded in the 13th century. During the late Middle Ages it became an important pilgrimage site, attracting the pilgrims to the grave of Saint Engan. He was the late fifth century ruler of the Lleyn peninsula, the founder of the Penmon Abbey on the island of Angelsey and the first church in Llanengan. Around 1520, the temple was completely rebuilt, and the earlier church became the nave of a new, much larger building. In 1534, a tower on the west side was added, a south porch and a pair of timber rood screens, which probably came from the then dissoluted Cymer Abbey. In the first half of the 19th century and again in 1937-1938, the church was renovated.


The original church from the thirteenth century consisted of a rectangular nave and a non-externally separated chancel. In the first half of the 16th century, the building was extended to the east, and then enlarged with an equal length, but slightly narrower southern nave and a storey porch added to the western part of the southern nave. Then in 1534 the tower was added on the west side of the northern nave. It is reinforced with buttresses in the corners, has a decorative crenellation and a crown in the form of four pinnacles. Inside the church the nave from the presbytery is separated by magnificent, late medieval, carved rood screens. Each of them has the width of two bays and the southern one has the upper part. In the church has also survived the 16th century timber roof truss.

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Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website britainexpress.com, Llanengan, St Engan’s Church.