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St Cwyfan's Church is known as the Church in the Sea. It is to be found on a small tidal St Cwyfan's Church, the Church-in-the-Seaisland called Cribinau located off the west coast of Anglesey and close to the village of Aberffraw. Also known as Llangwyfan the church can be reached on foot at low tide. Old maps show the church standing on the mainland of Anglesey but erosion by the sea of the boulder clay cliffs has since separated the church from the mainland.

The original site or "Llan" of Cwyfans would have been founded in the 7th Century and the building would have been of wattle and daub construction. The present building is said to date back to the 12th or 13th Century with the building undergoing many restorations. Some Norman masonry remains in the South wall, however the main body is 14th Century. The arched, braced roof timbers are partly 16th century. By the 19th Century the building was a roofless ruin but money was raised to repair the building and to build the massive sea defence walls that give the island it's distinctive shape.

In the 21st Century the church was in the news when Cadw offered a grant to repair the building. The grant was conditional on the exterior of the building being finished in a cream coloured limewash. Locals were not happy with the colour scheme many preferring the weathered look of the old building but Cadw prevailed and St Cwyfan's Church joined the many old Welsh buildings to receive the fashionable limewash finish.
In 2008 the church was in the news again when an organ was presented to the church that had to be carried across the causeway by church wardens and local farmers.


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Please - click on the pictures - for enlarged pictures of St Cwyfan's Church, near Aberffraw © All pictures and text copyright Bernard Wellings

Porth Cwyfan Bay, Anglesey The location of St Cwyfans on the island of Cribinau
Porth Cwyfan Bay, near Aberffraw, Anglesey  
The location of St Cwyfans on the island of Cribinau. Note the massive stone walls built to protect the old church
Yorkshire folk carrying blackberries to St Cwyfans ...the type of blackberry that you gather in the autumn !  
Modern day pilgrims ? Yorkshire folk carrying blackberries to St Cwyfans ...the fruit type of blackberry that you gather in the autumn !  
I have removed the picture of the notice on the church door as I have been informed that it has the wrong telephone number.

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