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Llanddyfnan - Agy 26

St Dyfnan Church

The nave and annexe dates from the 14th century, and includes a doorway to the nave with acarved human head with two hands supporting a dripstone .The south door was inserted and the chancel re-built and widened at the end of the 15th c. The churchyard includes the graves of some of the victims of the Royal Charter shipwreck of 1859. The ship, travelling from Melbourne to Liverpool with 371 passengers and 112 crew, was driven onto rocks at Moelfre by 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) winds. Over 450 people died. The aftermath was reported by Charles Dickens in The Uncommercial Traveller, and the disaster led the Meteorological Office to introduce the first gale warnings. Nearby is a standing stone 8.5 feet (2.6 m) high, thought to date from the Bronze Age.

Memorial Inscriptions

The churchyard has been transcribed (M191) and the publication is available for purchase in our online shop.

Useful Links


Coflein - Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales