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Gwydir Chapel in Llanrwst   houses what is probably one of Wales most important historical artifacts, Pont Fawr Llanrwstthe stone coffin of Llywelyn the Great. The Chapel is hidden away down a side street in the centre of the town and I am sure more could be done to publicise the Chapel and its contents. Hopefully this page will help.
Start at Pont Fawr, the bridge over the River Conwy, on the eastern/town bank of the river. Turn left along Bridge Street, follow the road right at the Pen y Bont public house. Continue for two hundred yards, past the Eagles Hotel on the left, until you reach Ancaster Square. Turn left into Ancaster Square towards the north west corner of the square and the entrance to a narrow street. On the left hand side of the narrow lane is the rear of the Eagles Hotel, and on the right hand side are the Almshouses founded in 1610. The Almshouses are now a Museum and Art Gallery.
Gateway to St Grwst Church alongside the Almshouses Continue to the gates at the end of the narrow lane to the church yard of the 15th century St Grwst Church. The Gwydir Chapel, a 17th century addition, attributed to Inigo Jones, is at the forefront of the Church and is open to the respectful visitor. The Chapel was built for the powerful Wynne family, whose home was just across the river at Gwydir Castle, and it contains a massive stone coffin, the remaining half of the sarcophagus in which Stone Effigy guarding Llywelyn's tombLlewelyn the Great's body was layed to rest. Magnificent portrait brasses and an effigy of a knight in armour accompany the old cold empty coffin. A plaque explains how after his death in 1240 Llewelyn the Great was laid to rest in the confines of Aberconwy Abbey, that was founded by Llywelyn himself in 1184. Sadly the coffin was removed during the dissolution of the monasteries and although the "splendid sarcophagus of Llewelyn now lies on display within the harmonious  sanctuary of these holy walls" the whereabouts of Llewelyn's corpse remain a mystery.
Please scroll down for pictures of the Chapel and other places of interest in Llanrwst.
   

Llewelyn's coffin in Gwydir Chapel Llanrwst
   
Coffin of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth ( Llywelyn the Great )

Stone Effigy alongside Llewellyn's coffin
 Stone Effigy guarding the tomb of Llywelyn.
 
Gwydir Chapel Llanrwst
Wynn Chapel.
 
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Llanrwst Almshouses
  Almshouses in Llanrwst now a Museum and Art Gallery.
 
Almshouse's gable Wall
Detail from the Almshouse Gable Wall.
 
 
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