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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