St Beuno (archeology architecture ). Photo by Cowgazer
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St Beuno

Uploaded by: Cowgazer

Monday June 3, 2013


Caption: The church is dedicated to St Beuno (said Bino) a Welsh Saint who was active in the area c AD635, the current church was built around 1790 and stands on the site of earlier churches. The stone wall which fences in the site forms a rough oval, this is the traditional shape of a Llan (church grounds) in the Welsh early medieval tradition. It isn't known why they are round to ovate though it has been suggested that this doesn't provide any corners for the devil to hide in.

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11. BEME
2:15 PM GMT on June 08, 2013
I tend to agree with our other W/U pals,,I am also fascinated by history,,especially legends,lore,how things were made,and why....and you've furnished all that I needed to know to understand why I really enjoy this imagery so much!! Fascinating what you can do with the natural materials furnished by nature!! I can't believe no one utilizes this fabulous piece of history,,why,my hubby and I would LOVE to live in this,,assuming it was not going to fall in on our heads of course,,lol...must not be a shortage of living spaces in your area?? Thank you for keeping it's 'story' alive Peter!!! 10 PLUS and a new fave!!!:))
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10. WeatherWise
5:35 PM GMT on June 07, 2013
What a neat find! Love this little church
and a bit of Welsh history that you shared!
Thank you for telling us the story of your
photo! Great capture!
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9. WurzelDave
7:48 PM GMT on June 06, 2013
Lovely old church.
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8. mcsadie
1:47 PM GMT on June 04, 2013
Beautiful. There is something calm and enduring about the stone church.
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7. Stingray
1:16 AM GMT on June 04, 2013
This proves you should ONLY buy homes of brick and stone. :)
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6. luvne32
11:44 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
The tracery of the branches and the stone church and walls really appeal to me - contrast of living vs. stone, perhaps. Thanks for the history, which added to the feeling of the scene.
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5. Cowgazer
7:57 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Thanks for the comments, another interesting thing about this church is that it is now deserted, when it was a purely rural community the church was at the centre of the population. But the coming of the granite quarries in the 1870s changed that, as people moved to the new village where we now live they built new churches and Chapels, this finally closed about 10 years ago.
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4. nanapoo
7:29 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Cool site and information! I just love history and seeing it is even better! I have heard the same thing about round church buildings so the devil can't corner ya!
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3. trailhiker44
7:19 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Terrific find !
Fantastic architecture !
Great shot and information !
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2. Clabo
6:40 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
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1. Cowgazer
6:32 PM GMT on June 03, 2013
Many of the villages in Wales grew up around churches, they took on the saints name prefixed by Llan, hence Llanbedrog after St Pedrog. A look at a map will show many many others a legacy back to Early Medieval times.
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About Cowgazer


I am Peter, brought up in the center of Manchester, UK. But was a square peg in a round hole there, worked 33 years as stockman in dairy farming then made redundant. Luckily got a job managing a garden nursery for a couple of years, but had to leave as tenancy came to an end. Couldn't find work so relocated to Wales and am now a self-employed gardener, great move, good things come out of hard times. Digital tech has made photography affordable to me and I love it, compliments my walking and Birdwatching. At present on a steep learning curve, new things are always good, stretch your mind and keep you sane-ish.

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