Llanaber

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St Mary and St Bodfan Church, Llanaber

Llanaber is a linear village in north west Wales, near the resort of Barmouth. It is situated between Talybont and Barmouth on the coast, 1 km north of Barmouth on the A496 road. The Irish Sea lies directly to the west and the Rhiniog mountains lie directly to the east. The main attraction of Llanaber is the vast beautiful beach that is clean and flat and never overcrowded, making it ideal for a range of recreational activities, including horse riding, cycling, rounders, cricket and football. A protective promenade runs alongside the beach, taking walkers and cyclists all the way into Barmouth town centre.

Facilities[edit]

It is served by hourly bus services and Llanaber railway station on the Cambrian train line. The village contains a number of rural holiday cottages,[1] small hotels.[2] and numerous holiday parks for caravan and camping during the summer.

Church[edit]

Within the village is a 13th-century parish church and Grade I listed building, St Mary and St Bodfan Church.[3]

The church was built in the early 1200s by Hywel ap Gruffudd ap Cynan who was a great grandson of Owain Gwynedd.[4] It has a flagstone floor and a 16th-century timber roof.[5]

It has undergone two major restorations. The first one was in 1860. The small bell tower was rebuilt as well as most of the west wall. A small vestry was constructed on the north side of the chancel and stained glass windows were installed.[6]

The second restoration happened in 1969. The wood in roof was treated or replaced. The seating of the church was also renewed with spare pews given to St Mary's church from the nearby St John's Church, Barmouth. A Compton Two Manual and Pedal Organ was also given to the church by the Bishop of Bangor, Colquhoun Campbell.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Beautiful Wales 5 Star Holiday Cottages retrieved 14th July 2014
  2. ^ Morwendon House retrieved 1 June 2013
  3. ^ British listed buildings retrieved 1 June 2013
  4. ^ Llanaber Church from Mysterious Britain retrieved 1 June 2013
  5. ^ Llanaber Church from Britain Express retrieved 1 June 2013
  6. ^ a b History of St Mary's from Church in Wales Barmouth retrieved 1 June 2013

Coordinates: 52°44′24″N 4°04′30″W / 52.740°N 4.075°W / 52.740; -4.075