St Mary's Church in Betws y Coed is a grand Neo-Norman church built in 1870 to meet the demands of increasing numbers of summer visitors. It replaced a medieval church dedicated to St Michael.
The large, cruciform church is very striking. Inside, the church has arcades separating the aisles. The font is black marble, in the Early English style. In the west is a stunning rose window, containing glass by Shrigley and Hunt of Lancaster.
St Mary's Church in Beddgelert stands on the site of a 6th century Christian community. The current church building arose in the 13th century with an Augustinian priory.
The church, long with the idyllic village of Beddgelert itself, is located on the banks of the Afon Glaslyn and Afon Colwyn. Around it are the rugged mountains of Snowdonia, namely Sygun Mynydd in the first picture.
The priory was destroyed in 1284 and the remaining chapel building was demoted to a simple parish church after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century.
The Victorians restored large portions of the church and the remaining medieval features are the trancept arches and lancet windows.
A short walk from the church is Gelert's Grave, and the namesake for the village. The story on the grave reads "In the 13th century Llewelyn, prince of North Wales, had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without Gelert, ‘The Faithful Hound’, who was unaccountably absent.
On Llewelyn's return the truant, stained and smeared with blood, joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son, and saw the infant's cot empty, the bedclothes and floor covered with blood.
The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound's side, thinking it had killed his heir. The dog's dying yell was answered by a child's cry.
Llewelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert had slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here".
Visited 18th February 2020 #nicheandnave#church#history#architecture#wales#snowdonia#beddgelert#myth#stmary # #oldchurches#visitwales#lovegreatbritain#discovercymru#listedbuildings#britishlistedbuildings#amazingbuildings#churchesoftheworld#churchesofinstagram#churchmasters#totalchurches#fa_sacral#aj_graveyards#churchmypassion#shot_europe
Sometimes you wish you had the bothy to yourselves and sometimes you'd hope to meet some like minded folk too and this was definitely the latter. Sorry I didn't get you all but it was awesome meeting you.
Better days - as the UK remains stormbound here’s another summery shot to cheer us all up. This shows wife Paula on the upper reaches of Pen Yr Ole Wen in Snowdonia with Tryfan looking stunning behind 🥾🏔☀️☀️😁
Are you naturally a winter person? A winter lover? Ice baby? If not, guess what, I’m not either... Not naturally anyway. I’m a child of the summer, a lover of long warm days full of adventure. But I need the outdoors all year round. So over the years I’ve learnt to love winter, and I really do love it when it looks like this 💙🏔 So if you’re inclined to hibernate, step awayyyyy from the blanket, and take me as proof that you can love winter too!
The post storm Ciara and pre storm Dennis snowy weather window, and the possibility of it being the last chance for some snowy mountain action this winter, was too much to ignore today! Snowdon, you were a dream 💙 No views, but who needs views when you’re snow blind and loving life 😁
I’m a mile West
And a few feet in
Vague and dark
~~~ No. 122 #SwimSnowdonia
Creative documentary project exploring all the permanent bodies of water in #snowdonia
As a young child I’d make a den under the dining room table out of bed sheets, I’d crawl under the table with a torch and a book and shut myself off from the world.
As I got older, I moved onto a real tent, but I never lost the need to want to be cut off from everyone.
I think this is why I love camping so much. I need very little, everything can be carried on my back, I won’t see another person and I’ll often be without a signal.
In a world where there is so much pressure put on us, take everything back to a basic simplicity once in awhile and allow yourself the time to be completely cut off from the world with a den, a torch and a good book ❤️