Interesting Features

A brief description of the unique features of our Church.

Chancel Screen and Rood Loft.

The screen is of richly carved oak and displays very intricate carvings with each tracery panel on the screen showing different symbols, animals and foliage. There are various ideas of the origin of this magnificent carving. It is thought to be quite unusual having a English carved bottom and a Welsh carved top. An oil painting showing the interior of the Church prior to restoration shows the screen with carved wooden steps going up to the minstrels’ gallery above. This painting gives the impression that the screen was carved for the Church. As it is today after restoration squeezed in between the north nave extension it does not take its place as well. Some think that the loft was brought from the Abbey at Maenan after the dissolution of the monasteries but how such a large structure could have been salvaged and stored is a mystery.

It is nearly ten feet wide and has sockets for rood figures on the east side and canopies for statues on the west side.

By prior appointment the following can be seen:

A reproduction of a fresco, situated at the Santa Maria Monastery in Milan, depicting the Last supper.

The Llanrwst Bell which has been described as an old funeral bell. According to Geraldus Cambrensis these were in use about 450 AD. They came originally from Ireland and were used as cattle bells and adapted for ecclesiastical purposes.

The Spur of Dafydd ap Siencyn

Dafydd was the “Robin Hood” of the Conwy Valley and was supposedly an outlaw living in the woods behind Gwydir Castle. He together with the Lancastrian Captains “wasted with fire and sword the suburb of the town of Denbigh” during the War of the Roses . It was as a reprisal that Edward IV sent the Earl of Pembroke to “lay waste” the counties of Meironnydd and Caernarfon which is how the town of Llanrwst was burned in 1468.