‘The Little Church In The Sea’


Or in Welsh: Eglwys bach y môr. Dating from the 12th century, it survives the sea storms only with the help of some robust 19th century defences. Erosion has reduced the peninsula on which it was originally built to a tidal island known as Cribinau. You can find it along the Coastal Path just north of Aberffraw (Anglesey).

The church itself is dedicated to the Irish Saint Cwyfan (Kevin) who lived in the 6th century. Whether he ever visited Anglesey is not known, but the island, once the stronghold of the Celtic Druids until the Roman invasion, was certainly a favoured retreat for early Christian hermit-saints.

You can walk across to the island at low tide and the church is still used for weddings and christenings. Come a bright summer’s day, it would be hard to imagine a more momentous setting for such important family rites.


Six Word Saturday

Lens-Artists: double dipping

35 thoughts on “‘The Little Church In The Sea’

  1. What an interesting place Tish – I’m w/Jo though, don’t think I’d be plodding through in a wedding gown! Reminded me of Mont-St-Michel. Excellent Double-Dip!

    1. You need to go just for the sight of Thomas Telford’s Menai Bridge. You can still drive across it too, 217 years after it was provided to facilitate the passage of Irish MPs to Westminster without a sea-dipping on the Strait ferry crossing.

    1. And all sorts of meaning wrapped up in the island-making process too. I’ve just been re-reading Sebald’s Rings of Saturn and the chapter about Dunwich and how that great entrepot of international trade was swept away at the close of the 13th century. Over 50 churches and much else besides gone to sea.

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