Llangower Church on Bala travel guide
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The church of Llangower or Llangywer / Llangywair sits beside Llyn Tegid, Bala Lake, in the old county of Merionethshire, Wales. Llangower church is dedicated to St Gwyr, or Cywair. It is described as being an ancient structure, in the early style of English architecture. It might be a rather plain church but it's simplicity combined with the charm of the location make it a special church deserving of protection. In the churchyard are several tombs reminiscent of prehistoric burial chambers. There is a beautiful yew-tree of remarkable growth. Unfortunately the Church in Wales has abandoned Llangower Church. The church door is locked and the structure is showing signs of disrepair.
"The Church in Wales diocese of St Asaph announced today that the parishes of Llanycil with Christ Church Bala, Llangower, and Llanuwchllyn have taken the brave decision to join forces - a decision that could result in three of the four church buildings within these parishes being declared redundant. The church councils of each parish have faced up to the reality of their respective situations and come to some difficult decisions. They have agreed that the cause of the Gospel will be better served in the Bala area if resources are concentrated in one church building. It seems likely therefore that the final services have already been held in the church buildings in Llangower and Llanycil with the likely final service at Llanuwchllyn church being a Plygain service on 4th January 2004." Llanycil Church has been saved by the Bible Society and is to be converted to a heritage centre. As of 2008 I am unable to ascertain the future of Llanuwchllyn and Llangower Church.

1849: ‘In the churchyard is an old yew tree of remarkable growth...’ A Topographical Dictionary of Wales.

1885: ‘On the east side is a fine yew tree, 23 feet in girth some four feet above the ground’. Thomas, Hist. Dioc. St.Asaph


Aug 13, 2014 by Margaret davies

My great great grandfather was buried in your churchyard, but I was unable to find the grave so many flattened, I remember visiting with my mother a while ago. Can I find any records of burials, my g g grandfather was called Edward Evans and his wife was Mary, he died in 1891 and had a shop at Tremarron House Tegid Street Bala. Records say he was born approx 1826 at Llangower headland and others say Hirnant, not sure of whereabouts, any info gratefully received.
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