St. Ffraid's Church

St. Ffraid's Church, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy

St. Ffraid's Church
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10:00 - 11:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 11:00
Thursday
10:00 - 11:30
Sunday
11:00 - 13:00
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Witchcraft in Wales?
Sep 2019
Me and Hubby stopped by here Wednesday morning. It is easily located off the main A470 Llanrwst Road in L/Glan Conwy. Church Street is the minor road which goes up inbetween the children's park and the Wok-U-Like Chinese Takeaway i.e. opposite the site of the demolished Estuary Pub. It is signposted in the direction of Betws-yn-Rhos. We managed to park for free on the roadside inbetween the church hall and primary school. We were pleased to find the church doors open (there was a nice gentleman sweeping up inside). The current building (Grade 2 listed) was constructed between 1839 and 1841 (designed by architect John Welch) but the parish site was founded in the 5th Century. I liked the interior, particularly the colourful stained glass windows, the 17th century baptismal font, the light oak pews and the open wooden roof. Before we left, we lit a candle and made a small donation. We also had a wander around the graveyard and saw a sun dial with an inscribed date of 1736 (see photos). An interesting fact about this particular church is that in 1594 (425 years ago), a formal hearing/investigation was held at the church into allegations of witchcraft. The accused was Gwen Ferch Ellis who lived locally. She was a weaver and herbal healer of people (both rich and poor). Despite protesting her innocence, she was found guilty of being a witch and subsequently hanged in Denbigh Town Square at the age of 42. She was the first woman in Wales to be hanged for witchcraft.

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Jilly2903
Llan Ffestiniog, UK1,878 contributions
Sep 2019
Me and Hubby stopped by here Wednesday morning. It is easily located off the main A470 Llanrwst Road in L/Glan Conwy. Church Street is the minor road which goes up inbetween the children's park and the Wok-U-Like Chinese Takeaway i.e. opposite the site of the demolished Estuary Pub. It is signposted in the direction of Betws-yn-Rhos. We managed to park for free on the roadside inbetween the church hall and primary school.

We were pleased to find the church doors open (there was a nice gentleman sweeping up inside). The current building (Grade 2 listed) was constructed between 1839 and 1841 (designed by architect John Welch) but the parish site was founded in the 5th Century.

I liked the interior, particularly the colourful stained glass windows, the 17th century baptismal font, the light oak pews and the open wooden roof. Before we left, we lit a candle and made a small donation. We also had a wander around the graveyard and saw a sun dial with an inscribed date of 1736 (see photos).

An interesting fact about this particular church is that in 1594 (425 years ago), a formal hearing/investigation was held at the church into allegations of witchcraft. The accused was Gwen Ferch Ellis who lived locally. She was a weaver and herbal healer of people (both rich and poor). Despite protesting her innocence, she was found guilty of being a witch and subsequently hanged in Denbigh Town Square at the age of 42. She was the first woman in Wales to be hanged for witchcraft.
Written 12 September 2019
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St. Ffraid's Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 - 13:00
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 11:00
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 - 11:30


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