I have been a bit remiss in not including the 52 in 2015 posts to Say It With A Camera. Week 14 required a House of Worship an easy choice for me this week as we have more than our fair share of historic churches in North Wales. But let’s not make it too easy so I decided it was time to pay a visit to Llangelynnin church considered to be the remotest church in Wales. I’ve shown photographs from there before but I like the drive up the narrow lanes and at 900 feet you get a marvellous view over the Conwy Valley from a hill just to the side of the church.
As you can see the weather wasn’t that great. On the drive up to the church it was raining quite heavily with low-lying cloud but by the time I parked and started the walk to the church it had almost stopped raining. Llangelynnin is remote and I like it for that. You can hear the sheep on the hills, the wind moving the grass, even the rain falling. Best of all you don’t often see people, maybe the occasional walker and to me that’s perfect.
Standing up here on the hill away from all humans seeing these Wonders taking place before one’s eyes so silently it is queer to feel that beyond the hills there are Humans astir & just the reverse of what one feels in watching the silence of Nature. No school no church is as good a teacher as the eye understandingly seeing what’s before it. I believe this more firmly than ever. – Alfred Stieglitz
The church is dedicated to Saint Celynin, who lived in the 6th century and probably established the first religious settlement at Llangelynnin.
I love the simplicity of the church, no ornate stained glass, or a fancy altar. Just a stone floor, some wooden benches, plain glass windows and a few flowers, it’s one of my favourites of all the historic churches in the Conwy Valley.