St. Mary’s Church in Conwy

St. Mary and All Saints’ Parish Church originated as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century and was the original burial place of Llywelyn the GreatDechreuodd yr Eglwys Blwyf y Santes Fair a’r Holl Saint fel Abaty’r Mynaich Gwynion yn y 12fed ganrif ac yma oedd man claddu Llywelyn Fawr yn wreiddiol.

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St. Mary’s Church is located in the very centre of the town of Conwy, a beautiful, medieval-walled town, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the county of Conwy. We are very much a town centre Church, with a great teaching and musical tradition which draws people from far and wide.

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Sunday Worship 11am

A warm welcome is guaranteed, with thought-provoking sermons and beautiful worship in our stunning historic setting. St. Mary’s is a growing and diverse community and we have a young children’s area. Our music includes a Church choir of adults, a junior choir of children, a talented worship group of varied instruments at All-age Services, and an art group. Click here for details about our upcoming Services and Events.

Wednesday Communion 11am

This Bro Celynnin Communion is a peaceful way to reflect and to reconnect with God in the middle of the week. It’s only half an hour, so come along to this midweek Communion to spend some time with Him in this beautiful Church.

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Visitor Opening Times (FREE Admission)

We opened to visitors on 26th March, when the Seed Fair was in Conwy. The Visitor Welcome Team is greeting people to our beautiful Church until the end of October.

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  • Monday: Visitor Opening 10am – 4pm
  • Tuesday: Visitor Opening 10am – 4pm
  • Wednesday: Church Service 11am and Visitor Opening 11.30am – 4pm 
  • Thursday: Visitor Opening 10am – 4pm
  • Friday: Visitor Opening 10am – 4pm
  • Saturday: Visitor Opening 11am – 3pm
  • Sunday: Church Service 11am

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St. Mary’s is a special place of historical and spiritual significance. If you want to join the Team, or organise a group booking, please click here for more information.

Summer Concerts

The fabulous Conwy Classical Music Festival is on now until Saturday 27th July, so come along and enjoy the music!

Wednesday 24th July

1pm The Fitzsimmon Ensemble

3pm The International Voice of the Llangollen Eisteddfod

7.30pm A Night at the Opera

Thursday 25th July

1pm Christina Mason-Scheuermann (Piano)

3pm The Festival Lecture at St. Mary’s Church Hall

7.30pm The Manchester Ensemble 

Friday 26th July

1pm Charlotte Forfar (Soprano), Cai Fôn Davies (Tenor), Caleb Rhys Jones (Bass) and Catherine Barnett (Piano)

7.30pm Emma Walshe (Soprano), Gwendolen Martin (Soprano), Christopher Webb (Bass) and Toby Carr (Lute and Theorbo)

Saturday 27th July

9.45am Choral Workshop at St. Mary’s Church Hall

1pm Ellis Thomas (Piano)

7.30pm Côr Meibion Bro Aled

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The Côr Meibion Goronwy Male Voice Choir gave a wonderful performance on 15th June. Annette Bryn Parri played the piano, and Dylan Cernyw played the harp:-

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The Cantamus Choir presented a wonderful programme of music on 8th June:-

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The Asaph Ensemble of London presented Eclectic Classics on Ascension DayThe programme of music included performances from Handel, Vivaldi, Marcello, Mozart, Charpentier, Morricone and Purcell. It truly was a concert to refresh the soul:-

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The Menai Wind Quintet Pumawd Chwyth y Fenai and Gary O’Shea presented a wonderful programme of piano and wind music on Saturday 11th May, which included the first performance of Wind Quintet No. 1, by Colin Tommis, as well as works by Prokofiev, Ligeti, Poulenc and Arnold:-

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Art Exhibition

There’s an Art Exhibition in the Church, and the St. Mary’s Art Group has produced some beautiful pieces of art work, with various interpretations of Creation.

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Maundy Thursday

There was a nationwide tolling of bells at 7pm on Maundy Thursday. Chris Roberts, our Musical Director, was tolling the bell to mourn the loss of parts of the Cathedral of our Lady (Notre Dame), and to show solidarity with our French neighbours.

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Previous Years

Click here for Services and Events that happened in 2018.

Click here for Services and Events that happened in 2017.

History

For its history alone, the Church is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant in North Wales, older than Conwy Castle itself! Click here to watch the development of the castle over the centuries. St. Mary’s Churchyard is an interesting place to visit and includes the grave associated with William Wordsworth’s poem ‘We Are Seven.

124411-004-4B14910BSt. Mary’s originated as the church of the Cistercian Abbey of St. Mary and All Saints in Aberconwy, and it was founded by Llywelyn c. 1190. It was the principal religious centre of the Princes of Gwynedd during the last century of Welsh Independence. Llywelyn died at Aberconwy Abbey and was buried there.

Following the conquest of King Edward I, the Abbey was moved up river to Maenan near Llanrwst and was called Maenan Abbey. St. Mary and All Saints’ was rebuilt to become the Parish Church of the new fortified borough of Conwy. Llywelyn’s stone coffin was moved to St. Grwst’s Church in Llanrwst.

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In the porch of St. Benedict’s in Gyffin there are two intriguing tomb slabs that date back to the 13th century. The Latin inscription on the smaller one translates to:-

Llywelyn ap Iorwerth lies here

Llywelyn the Great Llywelyn Fawr was the first Prince of Wales. His tomb was removed from Aberconwy Abbey by King Edward I. The slab at Gyffin is too small to cover the Prince’s stone sarcophagus located in Llanrwst.

 

Just outside the town walls, is the St. Agnes Churchyard, where Reverend Morgan is buried. A small iron church dedicated to St. Agnes was built in 1875 and was demolished c. 1972. Reverend Morgan was the vicar of St. Mary’s for over 30 years until 1870. During his time as vicar, the town experienced major changes with the arrival of the Railway, which was completed in 1848. The replacement National School in Rosehill Street was opened c. 1840 soon after he became vicar. Reverend Morgan and Conwy’s Chapel Ministers had great respect for one another, and the East Window at St. Mary’s is a memorial to him.

Click here for more historical information and the treasures of St. Mary’s Church.

Contacts

Vicar: Reverend David Parry

davidparry@esgobaethbangor.net 07403 635510 and (01492) 593402

Local Church Wardens: Heather Addison (01492) 572924 and Vivien Wakely (01492) 593499

Church Hall Enquiries: Vivien Wakely (01492) 593499

Musical Director: Chris Roberts (Choir and Conwy Classical Music Festival)

https://bangor.churchinwales.org.uk

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