Gwydir Chapel

A beautiful structure was erected in 1633 by Sir Richard Wynne of Gwydir.

This beautiful structure was erected in 1633 by Sir Richard Wynne of Gwydir supposedly from a design by Inigo Jones. This is not so improbable as it first seems Sir Richard Wynn as Groom of the Bedchamber and Treasurer to the Queen would have been in contact with the great Architect who was Surveyor General. It was for many years the burial place of the Gwydir family but ironically Sir Richard himself was buried at Wimbledon.

On the east wall is a monument which traces the ancestry of the Wynne family by naming those who are buried in the crypt under the chapel ( now closed).The chapel contains a beautiful wooden ceiling with a variety of patterns and some beautiful wood carvings.

Fixed to the wood panelling, engraved in brass, are engravings of Sir John Wynne, Lady Sidney, his wife Owen their third son, Mary their eldest daughter, Lady Sara Wynne the wife of Sir Richard who died in 1671and Kathleen Lewis.

On the south wall there is an ornate marble monument in honour to Maredudd ab Ifan who brought the family to this area and to Sir John Wynne and his wife Sidney.

There is a large square flag of free stone raised above the ground having a Latin inscription upon it referring to the sons of John Wynne of Gwydir who died during their father’s lifetime. John a knight, buried in Italy in 1613 aged 30; Robert who entered Holy orders in 1617 aged 14 and Roger.

 

Prince Llywelyn’s Sarcophagus

The empty stone sarcophagus is said to be the one in which Prince Llewlyn Fawr was buried in in 1240. It is said that his body was placed in this first at Aberconwy Abbey feom where it was transferred to Maenan Abbey when the monks were re-housed in order for Edward 1st to build Conwy Castle. When the abbey at Maenan was dissolved in 1536 it is said that the Wynne family had it moved to the Gwydir Chapel but as the chapel was not built at that time one can only assume that they kept it safe for some time; although some say that it was discoverd covered with rubbish. Recent archaeological studies have traced this sarcophagus and the sarcaphogus of Joan, Llywelyn’s wife ( which can be found at Beaumaris Church) to be of the same age and the same stone and that the stone was quarried at a now disused quarry near the Point of Ayr.

Hywel Coetmor.

A stone effigy of Hywel Coetmor is very often mistaken for the lid of Prince Llewellyn’s sarcophagus. He is depicted in armour of the third quarter of the 14th century with his feet resting on a Lion couchant.Hywel ap Coetmore ap Griffith Vychan ap Dafydd Gam was the natural son of David, Prince of Wales. He was killed in 1388 in Flanders fighting for the Black Prince. Tradition has it that it was form his descendents that Gwydir was purchased by the Wynne’s.