The Parish of Hanmer and Tallarn Green


St Chad’s Church from mereside gates

Across Hanmer Mere to Church and Village

Church and Village across Hanmer Mere

St Chad’s Hanmer is a small rural parish with a big history on the north-east edge of Wales

About the church

Church of the Shining Mere

Large triple nave 12th century red sandstone church substantially rebuilt over the centuries

Service Times

First Sunday
11.00,Morning Prayer
Second Sunday
11.00,Holy Communion
Third Sunday
11.00,Family Worship
Fourth Sunday
11.00,Holy Communion
Fifth Sunday
11.00,Group Service in one church of the four
Other Services

Occasional 4th Sundays of Summer, 6.00pm, Evensong

Opening Times
The church is open all year in daylight hours.

Here in about 1383, Owain Glyndwr, Prince of Wales, married Margaret Hanmer.
Welsh poet R S Thomas was curate here 1940-42.
Welsh poet Daffyd ab Edmund lived here and was buried here in about 1500.
Matthew Gough was born in Hanmer and fought in France during the hundred years war. He died on the old London Bridge 6th July 1450 defending King Henry VI against the rebellion of Jack Cade.
Inside – Kempe windows and carved wood.
In tower – six bells and a Joyce created clock.
Outside – 12th Century churchyard cross.
Spectacular setting overlooking Hanmer Mere. Grid Reference Church SJ456395
Short walk to ancient St Chad’s Well. Grid Reference SJ453405

Public Transport

Regular 146 Wrexham-Whitchurch bus service stops by mereside gate, shown above.
Parking by this gate for cars and coaches. Benches suitable for picnics.

The path from the mere gate is uphill. Parking in Church Square or Vicarage yard provides level access. There is a small step into the church which we are negotiating with heritage authorities to allow us to remove. There are the usual steps up to the chancel as found in most churches.

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