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Stay A While in Corwen!

 

Along with the hill-fort Caer Drewyn and Corwen’s connection with Owain Glyndwr, Edeyrnion has links with Druids, early Christianity and the great traditions of the Eisteddfods.

In 1919 Corwen was, in fact, the location of the first publicly-attended Eisteddfod.

Gorsedd on Corwen Square 1895

The town’s church, St. Mael and St. Sulien, was founded in the 6th century by the missionaries whose names’ the church bears. The building itself dates largely from Norman times but the churchyard includes a Celtic stone cross as well as other curiosities including graves with kneeling stones.

Corwen Parish Church of St Mael and St Sulien

The Rhug Estate has been part of the history of the area for centuries and Rhug Chapel is a rare example of a private 17th Century chapel, whose plain exterior gives little hint of the ornate interior which reflects the religious views of its founder, Colonel Willam Salusbury. This wonderful building has made an impact on visitors for centuries - architect Sir Edwin Lutyens stating that the chapel had influenced his work, including the Viceroy's House in New Delhi, built 1912-30.

Rhug Chapel Interior

Towards nearby Cynwyd is the whitewashed church of All Saints at Llangar. This Church is even older than Rug, the medieval building standing in an idyllic setting a mile or so south of Rug overlooking the confluence of the Dee and Alwen rivers.

Like Rug, Llangar takes visitors back to another age. The church retains many ancient features, including extensive 15th century wall paintings, a 17th century figure of death, old beams, box pews, pulpit and a minstrels' gallery.

All Saints Church at Llangar
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