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has been a church on this site from the sixth
century, the age of the Saints, when St Dyfnog,
the patron Saint flourished, which means that for
1,400 years the Christian religion has been
established here. St Dyfnog chose the spot
because of the well. The water was believed to
have great healing properties and the name of the
parish, Llanrhaeadr (llan - church, rhaeadr
-waterfall) derives from it.
The oldest part of the
church, as it now stands, is the thirteenth
century tower, solid, squat.
The body of the church is of
a pattern frequently found in this part of the
country - in Welsh called eglwys ddwbl - a double
aisled church - the nave being in two equal
portions - put up in the fifteenth century.
The whole building was
extensively restored 1879 -1880 (and again
There is much to see inside the church and a
booklet (from which I have taken these few
paragraphs) is available with much more
A few pictures of the
The thirteenth century tower.
The Holy Well of St. Dyfnog.
The Well is situated behind the graveyard at St. Dyfnog's, a short walk through the woods
leads you to a quiet ,wooded dell. The water springs from the hillside in several
places and collects in a large spa like pool with steps down into the water
for the faithfull.
A medieval Welsh
poet said he "reveres Dyfnog's effigy,
accepts his miracles, praises his miracle working
well, which gives grace to all nations and cures
all ills..indeed there was none like it."
The Jesse Window.
"an almost perfect
Jesse window depicts the descent of Our Lord
Jesus Christ through the Royal House of Israel -
the line of David who was the son of Jesse -
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the
root of Jesse and a flower shall rise up out of
his root." Isaiah 11: 1 and 2.
The window is seen now pretty much as it was when
it was first set into the wall in 1533.
At the bottom of the window Jesse, a full figure
is seen, above him is his son King David, holding
a harp. On David's right is his son Solomon, and
on David's left his grandson , Rehoboam.
continue up to Our Lord as a child in the arms of
his mother Mary. The virgin and child are rayed
with gold - to give them glory.
The window is a truly beautiful piece of
craftmanship and the pictures here are but a very
Directions : [ Map
of St Dyfnog's Church location ]
St. Dyfnog's Church is
situated just off the A525 between Denbigh and
Ruthin in the village of Llanrhaeadr, next to the
Visit the next
The Old Church of Llandrillo
or visit the walesdirectory home page for links to other
interesting Welsh historical sites