Llanynys – St Saeran’s Church


Church of St. Saeran in Llanynys was probably built in the 13th century on the site of an early Christian temple from the 6th century. At the turn of the 15th and 16th centuries the building was enlarged considerably. Around 1768, the church was in a state close to ruin, even its total destruction was considered. Fortunately, a renovation was carried out, during which some of the windows, inter-naval arcades and a bellcote on the western side were added. In 1967, inside the church, medieval wall polychromes were discovered under plasters.


The late-medieval church consisted of a rectangular northern nave without an externally separated chancel and also a rectangular south nave. The northern nave is older, from the 13th century. Both were raised around 1500 and extended to the east. In the 16th century, from the south-west side, a timber-stone porch was added. Inside the church, the most valuable element is the 15th-century polychrome depicting Saint Christopher, placed in the western part of the northern nave. It is considered one of the best preserved in Wales. In addition, two tombstones of bishops from the 13th and 14th centuries, as well as a late medieval roof truss were preserved.

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Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Parish Church of St Saeran A Grade I Listed Building in Llanynys, Denbighshire.
Website coflein.gov.uk, St Saeran’s church, Llanynys.