Friday, 5 September 2014

Two colourful and ornate war memorials at St Asaph

 St Asaph Cathedral, St Asaph, Denbighshire
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Saint Asaph Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Diocese of St Asaph, one of the six dioceses of the Church in Wales. Saint Kentigern built his Church here in AD560. When he returned to Strathclyde in AD573 he left Asaph as his successor and since that time the Cathedral has been dedicated to Saint Asaph.
 
 
Two colourful and ornate war memorials.
 
 
 
Visited - August 2014

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Two very similar designs showing a lady mourning for her husband.

 Parish Church of Llandrillo yn Rhos, Llandrillo, Conwy, Wales
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Llandrillo yn Rhos Church was built on the site of Ednyfed Fychan's private chapel and incorporates what was his tombstone. The history of this church goes back to the 13th century, but having been rebuilt over the centuries, the oldest parts of the present church are 15th century. A major restoration was carried out in 1857 and was criticised by some for amounting to 'vandalism', in particular the destruction of an ancient stained glass window.
 
 
Two very similar designs showing a lady mourning for her husband.
 
 
 
Visited - August 2014

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The colourful Glynn monument of 1699.

 St Meubred, Cardinham, Cornwall
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The parish church is dedicated to St Meubred: it has north and south aisles and a tower of granite. The chancel suffered bomb damage in World War II. Two freestanding Celtic crosses of stone, bearing inscriptions in Latin have been found in Cardinham; both had been embedded in the walls of the fifteenth-century church and were moved after their discovery to the churchyard.
 
 
The colourful Glynn monument of 1699 at the east end of the south aisle. 
 
Visited - June 2014

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The gravestone includes an unusual carving of two children praying.

 St John, Pencombe, Herefordshire
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This was the first of many very peaceful villages we visited on this lovely spring day.
 
 
 The carving of two children praying is unlike anything we have seen before.
 
Visited - March 2014

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

A ghoulish wall painting of a recumbent skeleton.

 Rug Chapel, Corwen, Denbighshire
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Rug is a rare example of a little altered private 17th century chapel. It's founder, Colonel William Salusbury, collaborated with Bishop William Morgan, first translator of the Bible into Welsh. The famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens wrote that the chapel influenced his work, including the Viceroy's House in New Delhi, built between1912 and 1930.
 
 
 A ghoulish wall painting of a recumbent skeleton serves as a reminder of mortality. 
 
Visited - Aug 2014

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A young husband and wife killed in the same accident.

 All Saints, Berrington, Shropshire
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One unusual feature of the churchyard were the two gravestones that had been fixed to the wall of the church with iron bolts.
 

A young husband and wife killed in the same accident. 
 
Visited - June 2011

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Two brothers who were drowned in separate accidents aged 16 and 17.

 St David, Llanarth, Ceredigion, Wales
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It was quite a scramble to survey the churchyard - what with a fence to climb over and a rough, steep hill to climb up.
 
 
Two brothers who were drowned in separate accidents aged 16 and 17. 
 
Visited - August 2013

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