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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 their illnesses.

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.


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

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