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St Michael's Church is located in the small village of Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, close to tSt Michael's Church Llanfihangel-y-Pennanthe Afon (river) Dysynni. The Dysynni Valley is a truly beautiful location and there are a number of walks that pass by St Michael's Church.

Considerable repairs were undertaken to the church between 1878 and 1881 with a new Vestry being added at the same time.  I have been unable to find any other information about the establishment of the church but it is a lovely old church in a fantastic location and it is well worth a visit, perhaps while visiting the ancient ruins of Castell y Bere, just a few hundred yards along the lane.

The church houses an exhibition about Mary Jones, 1784-1866, the local girl who in the year 1800, at the age of 16 walked barefoot from Llanfihangel-y-Pennant to Bala, (some 26 miles) to procure from the Rev. Thomas Charles, a copy of the Welsh Bible. Her parents’ graves are to be found in the churchyard of St Michael's but the grave of Mary herself is to be found in the churchyard at Bethlehem Chapel in nearby Bryncrug.
The church is also worth exploring not only for the Mary Jones exhibits, but also for an interesting 14ft long three dimensional cloth map of the Dysynni valley.
A memorial obelisk to Mary Jones can be found close by at the ruin of the cottage where she lived.

 

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

St Michael's Church Lych Gate
Yew tree in the grave yard
The Lych gate at St Michael's Church
 
The old Yew tree in the grave yard of St Michael's Church
Inside St Michael's Church
 
The old font at St Michael's church, believed to be from Castell y Bere
Inside St Michael's Church
 
The old font at St Michael's church, believed to be from Castell y Bere

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