St Peris's Church sits
at the foot of Mount Snowdon in the hamlet of Nant Peris, North Wales.
The village of Nant Peris is located at the southern end of Llyn (lake)
Peris, approximately 2
miles (3k.m.) from the town of Llanberis and
at the northern end of the Llanberis Pass.
Up until the early 19th century Nant Peris was known as Llanberis, but
eventually the more modern village down the road out grew it and took
the name leaving the smaller village to take the name of the valley
in which it stood.
Saint Peris, to whom the church is
dedicated, is said to have
settled and died in the valley. And close to the church is the Holy Well
or Sacred Spring known as Ffynnon y Sant from which Peris is supposed
to have drunk each day. There are many legends associated with the old
well and in days gone by crowds would flock here to secure relief from
Cadw the Welsh Heritage authority believes the earliest part of the
Church of St Peris dates from the 14th century but locals
believe it to date from the 12th century. But all agree that
the church has much of its medieval fabric surviving, including the screen
and the fine fifteenth century arch-braced roof. Much of the church,
however, is more recent, having been altered during the 16th and 17th
centuries and as is common with many old Welsh churches it was considerably
restored during the 19th century.
If you are wondering where are the pictures of St Peris's Church I
have to admit that I have not yet visited this old church but I hope
to visit in the near future.