Situated on the steep ancient trackway used by drovers, Romans and pilgrims from the Peninsula and Bardsey Island. Wedi’i lleoli ar lwybr hynafol serth a ddefnyddiwyd gan borthmyn, Rhunfeiniaid a phererinion o’r Penrhyn ac Ynys Enlli.
Llanbedr-y-Cennin, in Welsh, means the church of St. Peter among the daffodils, Cenhinen Pedr, and springtime typifies this lovely old country church with its profusion of flowers that greet all who enter. The daffodil symbolises rebirth and new beginnings. It truly is a place of natural beauty overlooking the Conwy Valley, and has been dedicated to continuous worship since the 13th century. For many centuries, St. Peter’s Church has been used by family and friends to share in the joy of a wedding or a christening, as well as dedication to worship. It is located just up the road from the Bull pub (Ye Olde Bull Inn).
The village, which takes its name, was built around this focal point that still today offers the warmth of fellowship in God’s love from a small, but growing congregation. Open daily for visitors during the summer months.
Flower Festival September 2018
This ancient church was beautifully decorated with an array of colour and the sweet smelling aroma of flowers during a Flower Festival that was held in the first weekend of September 2018. The theme was St. Peter, and each window included a story from the Bible, such as “Jesus walks on the sea”. It was a gift to the communities of Conwy and the Conwy Valley, and for family and friends who live further afield. Drinks and homemade cakes were available, and donations will be used for the life and work of the Church.
Come and Worship
Sundays at 9.30am
Services are mostly Eucharistic, following the Church in Wales (1984) Book of Common Prayer with occasional services of Morning Prayer. Every 5th Sunday evening at 6.30pm we join other churches to celebrate Valley Praise together. Click here for details of forthcoming services.
Thursdays at 8.30am
We say Morning Prayer every Thursday. You are very welcome to join us for this short act of worship in the middle of the week.
Brief history and things to see
The church, which probably started life as an early Celtic ‘cell’, has records of a vicar as early as 1384. It boasts black timbers, which were very likely to be from the Spanish Armada, and used in 16th century renovations. It was extensively renovated in 1842-43 with works to the roof, arches, fittings and windows, which was marked by an engraving of those dates under the wooden lid of the 13th century, medieval font bowl.
A striking, stained-glass portrait of Christ the Good Shepherd above the altar fills the East window aperture. It was made by Henry Gustave Hiller in 1907. The Lord’s Prayer Ein Tad and Creed are written in Welsh on 17th century prayer boards on either side of the altar.
There is a display cabinet in the church, which contains a copy of a Welsh-language Bible from 1620. Copies were printed for 800 churches, following work by Bishop Richard Parry and Dr. John Davies, who updated the original Welsh translation. This copy was known as the “Miller’s Bible” because it passed into the ownership of a miller called Shôn Ffidl Dwrch in the late 18th century. Shôn was the church sexton, and looked after the church and churchyard. He also played the fiddle and caught moles, hence the colloquial name of Ffidl Dwrch. Ffidl and Twrch are the Welsh words for Fiddle and Mole, respectively.
An ancient and remarkable artefact can be found in a recess under the South window. It is a medieval chest, that has been hewn out of solid oak!
Aldwyth Katrin Williams was the organist in the early 20th century. She was the only daughter of the Reverend Robert Williams, who was the rector of Llanbedr-y-Cennin. During the First World War, she volunteered at Red Cross military hospitals in Llandudno, and travelled there three times a week to treat wounded servicemen. She contracted influenza in 1918 and died, aged 26, shortly before the Armistice. Her grave is on the Great Orme in the churchyard of St. Tudno’s Church.
The beauty and special atmosphere of Llanbedr-y-Cennin has long attracted visitors, famously hosting an Artists’ Colony in the 19th century. Ornithologists are drawn to the churchyard by a range of birdlife, especially hawfinches.
At the rear of the church, there are raised benches, where children were educated. In his will of 1718, Reverend Launcelot Bulkeley made provision for a Charter School where six boys received free lessons. On leaving, it’s worth sparing a thought for those poor children who were educated in hard, raised pews at the back of the church!
Visiting this church reaps many rewards:-
Vicar: Reverend David Parry
DavidParry@EsgobaethBangor.net 07403 635510, (01492) 593402
Local Wardens: Kate Clews (01492) 650042, Margaret Wicklen (01492) 650356