Llanfihangel-y-pennant, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Associations with Mary Jones
There has been a church on this site since the 13th century, suggesting that the current building was erected in conjunction with Castell-y-Bere. Near the vestry is a small window, slightly offset. This is known as the Leper Window, and tradition says that it was made to allow inmates of a local leper colony to view services without actually entering the church.
In the vestry is a fascinating fabric model of the Dysynni valley, crafted by local people. The model is fully 14 feet long and is housed in a glass case.
Also in the vestry, which was added to the church around 1878, is a display on the life of Llanfihangel-y-pennant's most famous native, Mary Jones.
Jones was born in the village and became famous as the inspiration for the foundation of the Bible Society. In 1800, at the age of 15 or 16, she walked barefoot from Llanfihangel-y-pennant to Bala, a distance of 26 miles, to obtain a Bible. Her story gave impetus to the foundation of the Bible Society in 1804.
Mary Jones's parents are buried in the churchyard, but her grave is at nearby Bryncrug. A short walk from the church brings you to Tyn-y-ddol, where you can find a monument, erected in the ruined shell of the Jones house.
The location of the church is utterly superb, and the setting, combined with the historical connections, makes St Michael's a fascinating place to visit.
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About Llanfihangel-y-pennant, St Michael's Church
Address: Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Gwynedd, Wales, LL36 9TS
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off minor roads from Bryncrug or Aberglynolwyn, beyond Castell-y-Bere
Website: Llanfihangel-y-pennant, St Michael's Church
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