The Clwydian range from above Holywell


The churchyard cross at Tremeirchion


This pretty village was at one time called ‘Din Meirchion’, the fortress of Meirchion. Here the Clwydian Way meets the Offa's Dyke Path.

The church is mainly 14th and 15th century but has some earlier features, including the 800-year old yew tree and an interlaced cross slab commemorating Hunydd wife of Carwed which now forms a seat in the porch. The vestry windows are a patchwork of late medieval stained glass, including the haloed head of St Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary.

Near the pulpit, one of the south windows has some unusual painted glass from the old vicarage. The portraits are of James I, Charles I and Archbishop John Williams. Williams was from Conway. A brilliant young man, he was chaplain to Lord Chancellor Ellesmere, Bishop of Lincoln at the early age of 40 and eventually Archbishop of York. He had little sympathy with the religious changes of the 1630s and retired to his episcopal palace at Buckden, where he provided a refuge for several eminent Protestant refugees from Europe. Nevertheless, he defended Conwy for the King during the Civil War. Later, though, discovering that the king had ordered some of his property to be seized, he went over to Parliament and helped Mytton to take Conwy in 1646.

The church has some intriguing memorials, including an effigy of a mail-clad knight of about 1280 and the elaborate canopied tomb of Dafydd ap Hywel ap Madoc. Dafydd was generally known as ‘Dafydd Ddu Athro o Hiraddug’ - ‘Black David the Teacher of Hiraddug’.He was famous as a poet, a writer and (according to legend) a prophet. His effigy lies under an ornate cusped arch on a tomb surrounded by religious and secular emblems. If you fold down the pew in front, you will reveal the heraldic shields of his family and the symbols of the Crucifixion. There is also a memorial tablet in the chancel to Hester Lynch Piozzi , Samuel Johnson’s friend Mrs Thrale. She lived at Brynbella, the Georgian house to the side of the B4529 just south of the church.

Opposite the lower gateway of Brynbella, in a stone enclosure in the hollow, is St Beuno’s Well. Formerly a healing well, its water gushes from a roughly carved stone head which may reflect an earlier Celtic cult of a prophetic severed head.

Places to tremeirchion


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