St Maelrhys Church

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This is a small, timeless Llyn church set in a walled graveyard in the midst of glorious scenery above Porth Ysgo with just a few isolated settlements around it.

Like many of the churches in the peninsula, most of the fabric is medieval although the chancel was extended.

Entry is through the small round wooden door at the west end. It is lit by square windows on the south wall and a large round top window at the east end with a glorious view of the rocks above Rhiw. These were inserted in the 19thC when the bell cote was added. The original small windows can still be seen on the west wall.

Inside it is a simple whitewashed building with a wooden strut roof. Along the south wall and front of the north wall are are box pews. The rest of the pews on the north side are simple benches.

Steps lead up to the chancel with simple altar rail and 18thC communion table. There is a small harmonium and simple wood pulpit/reading desk with red plush fabric hanging from the sides. At the back is a 15thC octagonal font of white washed stone with a carved cross on the front. On the back wall are 19thC engraved brass shields serving as memorial badges.

This is a lovely small church with few visitors that has hardly changed over the years. The Keating sisters who lived at Plas yn Rhiw (see review) are buried in the churchyard.

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