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St Asaph & St Kentigern

This medieval Welsh parish church played a key role in the founding of the community of St Asaph (LLanelwy) and is worth a visit.

St Asaph, Denbighshire

Opening times

From 8.30am to 6pm in summer and 8.30am to 4pm in winter.

Address

The High Street
St Asaph
Denbighshire
LL17 0RG

The church is dedicated to the founders of the Christian community in St Asaph, St Kentigern and St Asaph. Typical of Vale of Clwyd churches, its architecture consists of two parallel aisles separated by a 5 arch arcade.

The church was originally built in the 13th century and was recorded with the cathedral in the Norwich Taxation of 1254. Today’s building is thought to have been reconstructed on the old foundations in 1524, when new windows were incorporated and it was reroofed with the present striking hammerbeams. The north aisle was added later in the 16th century, also with a hammerbeam roof. In 1629-30, the south porch suffered irreparable damage in storms and was rebuilt, and in 1687 a new south doorway was inserted.

The present day porch, bellcote and vestry were added in 1872 under the direction of the renowned Sir George Gilbert Scott as is most of the internal woodwork. The lancet window is medieval with an inscription, 1614. All the other stained glass windows are Victorian, some by Richard Kempe. There are interesting, wall mounted monuments, including a memorial dated 1695/6, bearing a skull and cross bones which is believed to signify the resurrection. The water stoop, currently in use as the font, is believed to date from the 13th or 14th century.

The polygonal churchyard implies an ancient site, and was closed for burials in 1871. A number of the gravestones date to the 17th to 19th century, with the earliest slab being of the bard of Wigfair, Sion Tudur, a bodyguard of Queen Elizabeth I. He was buried on 5th April  1602. Also buried here is Dic Aberdaron (Richard Robert Jones, 1780-1843), a polyglot enigmatic Welsh scholar and tramp, who reputedly spoke 15 languages and who occupied himself during 1831 and 1832 by compiling his Welsh-Greek-Hebrew dictionary.

A sundial stands in the south churchyard, which has a tapering circular stem approximately 1.2m high on a square base. It is claimed as possibly of 16th century origin in the 1987 Listed Building Schedule.

Come and visit us to experience the peaceful, spiritual atmosphere at this historic site.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Messy Church: 11am to 12noon 1st Sunday of every month, this is an informal service designed for families with young children, which is also recognised as being 'dementia friendly', it is followed by a snack meal with time to chat.

  • Knitting group: 10am to 12noon weekly on Monday, this is open to all interested in knitting and crochet, a small but talented group are keen to share their experience and skill with new members.

  • Denbighshire County Council Youth Group meet between 6pm and 8pm on Monday in term time, with some additional holiday activities.

  • Messy Church Holiday Club at 10.30am to 12.30pm, weekly on Wednesday of school holidays, this is a chance to enjoy family fun time, with singing, storytime and craft work, which concludes with a picnic lunch.

  • T@2 Tea Party: is especially suitable for anyone living with dementia, it runs at 2pm to 4pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month, all welcome to afternoon tea, a sing song and time to chat and share past experiences.

  • Contact the Elderly Tea Party runs between 3pm and 5pm on 1st Sunday afternoon of each month, in conjunction with the Rotary Club and Llanelwy WI, it is primarily aimed at those without local family contact who find it difficult to get out under their own steam, so that they can meet new people, it's a very enjoyable afternoon for everyone.

  • Church in Wales

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