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St Mary's Church is an ancient church that sits high and dry on the steep bank of the River Clwyd in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, North Wales. It is located just a few hundred yards from Rhuddlan Castle.

St Mary's Church RhuddlanThe first church in the Norman Borough of Rhuddlan was built about 1080. A new Parish Church was built in 1301 -and this appears to have consisted of the present south nave of St Marys, with further additions over the next two centuries making the building that is here today. The church celebrated it's 700th. Anniversary in the year of our Lord 2001 and a stained-glass window depicting the Castle, the Church, the Bridge and the River Clwyd was commissioned and installed.

During the summer months stewards are in church to welcome visitors on Thursday afternoons.

Interesting features within the church include a tombstone of William de Freney, Archbishop of Edessa in Syria, which was brought from the Dominican Friary at it's dissolution in 1536 (he lived about 1250-1300 and his uncle Gilbert de Freney had been sent by St. Dominic to found the Dominican Order in England in 1221).

There are also inscribed Biblical quotations (one of only two sets found in Britain) dating back to about 1650. These are in Welsh and the text is the Welsh Bible of 1620.

The building was substantially restored in 1812 and by George Gilbert Scott in 1870. It has the appearance of a typical 'Clwydian' or double-naved church of the late 15th Century.

Further information about St Mary's can be found here >

 

Please - click on the pictures - for enlarged pictures of St Mary's Church. © All pictures and text copyright Bernard Wellings

St Mary's Church and grave yard
St Mary's Church Rhuddlan and tower
St Mary's Church and grave yard
 
St Mary's Church Rhuddlan and church tower
 
St Mary's Church Rhuddlan and Rhuddlan Bridge
 
St Mary's Church and Rhuddlan Bridge

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