St Mary's Church Caerhun, the ancient church of St Mary situated on the site of the Roman Fort of Canovium in the Conwy Valley, North Wales
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Exit the A55 at junction 19, take the A470 exit to Betws-y-coed - 0.2 mile. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A470. Continue to follow A470 south for 4.4 mile. Turn right at B5279 continue for 1.0 mile. Turn left at B5106 continue for 1 mile to Caerhun

St Mary's Church Caerhun
The Church of St Mary Caerhun is situated in a beautiful location on the west bank of the River
Caerhun church
Conwy in the village of Caerhun, North Wales. The church which dates from the 13th century was probably founded by the Cistercians of Maenan Abbey.

The church is renowned for being on the site of the Roman fort Canovium and indeed it is thought that the sandstone used in the walls of the church probably came from Cheshire having been part of the Roman fort. It is thought that the present knave formed the original building. A porch and chancel were added in the 15th Century. It is believed that the east window was moved from the end of the original building to its present position above the altar. In the 19th century the porch was converted to a vestry thus the original south entrance is now the vestry door. In the 16th Century the wall containing the present entrance was rebuilt.

The entrance door is 18th Century studded plank and the lych gate is of the same period. Above the door there is a weathered medieval stone panel of a crucifix. The bell cote is of an unusual double style, although there is no evidence of there ever being more than one bell. The south transept or chapel was added in the 16th Century. A weathered stone on the outside of the chapel is dated 1591 and inscribed with the initials EW and GW as well as the Gwydir Arms. Inside the church, a board, inscribed in Latin, indicates that the chapel was built in 1591 by Edward
Medieval stone carving of crucifix
Williams of Maes Castell who was High Sheriff of Caernarfon in 1570.

In both the 19th and 20th Centuries renovations were carried out. In 1972 a medieval Holy Water stoup and some bones were discovered in the north wall near the entrance. One theory is that they were hidden by supporters of the Old Faith during the Reformation. The stoup is now sited to the right of the door inside the church.

Caerhun church viewed from the north west
Caerhun Church from the south east
1.Caerhun Church viewed from the north west. 2.Caerhun Church showing the 16th Century transept or chapel.
St Marys Church Caerhun viewed from the south west showing west gable wall with bell cote and vestry
The weathered stone crucifix on the west wall at St Marys Caerhun
3.View from the south west showing the west gable, bell cote and vestry. 4.The weathered medieval stone crucifix on the west gable wall.
If the lych gate is locked there is  the option
      to hop over the wall
Double bell cote, with a single bell
5.If the lych gate is locked there is the option to hop over the wall. 6. Double bell cote, with a single bell.
a ty bach for the Tylwyth Teg
A rounded and slated valley from recent renovations
7.This building is just 4 ft to the eaves, a "ty bach" for the Tylwyth Teg? 8.A rounded and slated valley from recent renovations.
View of the bend in the river Conwy from the churchyard
The graveyard at Caerhun Church in the shadow of Tal y Fan
9.View of the bend in the river Conwy from the churchyard. 10.The graveyard at Caerhun Church in the shadow of Tal y Fan
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