Llanrhaeadr is a village in the county of Denbighshire, North Wales. Also known as Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch this lovely little village is located between the towns of Ruthin and Denbigh.
At one time the road cut through the village but today a slight detour in the main road (too small to call it a bypass) carries all the traffic away from the village. So much so that if you blinked you would miss Llanrhaeadr altogether. Which would be a great shame as it is a delightful little place with an historic church, St Dyfnog's, a Holy Well, a row of Almshouses, a working pottery and a Pub and restaurant.
St Dyfnog's Church was first mentioned in the thirteenth century and is worth a visit itself having a beautiful medieval stained glass "Jesse" window, and historic tombstones. The church is constructed of locally produced limestone rubble with red and buff sandstone dressings and has a slate roof. St Dyfnog's Holy Well was reputed to have healing properties and is to be found a short walk through the woodlands behind the church.
The pottery "Anvil Pottery" occupies what was until the late 1960's the village smithy. Established in 1981, Anvil specialises in stoneware and earthenware pots.
There is an interesting post script to the story of Llanrhaeadr concerning the siege of Denbigh Castle during the English Civil War. A Royalist officer Captain Wynne was wounded in a skirmish at what is now called Captain's Bridge. He died some time later within the castle walls. Permission was asked of the besiegers to bury the Captain close by at his parish church, the Church of St Dyfnog's, Llanrhaeadr-yng-Nghinmeirch.
However, permission was refused. The Parliamentarians for their part suggested that should the deceased be handed over to them then they would bury the body in the desired place. This was agreed and his enemies the Parliamentarians laid the dead Royalist to rest in his own churchyard. Captain Wynne's tombstone is to be seen in the churchyard at Llanrhaeadr to this day.