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.
35 thoughts on “‘The Little Church In The Sea’”
That definitely sounds worth the pilgrimage.
And one to save for a summer visit. We were too blustered to attempt it on NY’s day.
Wow, what a place!
I never knew of it until we went to Aberffraw. So much one doesn’t know about the British Isles…
Wonderful atmospheric photo, Tish. Love the photographer! Not sure about tripping across there in my wedding gown and high heels. I might need a carry!
Now a carry sounds a good idea – a sedan chair across the sands.
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!
Thanks, Tina. Informal bridal gear only, methinks.
What tongue tying names the Welsh have for their towns and places. Couldn’t even start to say them. But very picturesque.
Sounds of the sea in Welsh intonation 🙂
Can you speak Welsh Tish?
Only a few words, and probably not properly .
Nice that you captured some people in the shot.
They pleased me too, posing so well 🙂
Crikey you’d need to know your tides wouldn’t you planning an event here!
You would, Becky 🙂 🙂
That’s beautiful! Like a mini Holy Island (aka Lindisfarne) with the causeway and the links to early Christian hermit-saints 🙂
That’s an apt comparison, Sarah. Thank you.
utterly charming – history hanging on and hanging in the balance
That’s a very thought-provoking image, Laura of history hanging in the balance. An observation for our times, methinks.
Worth heading for Anglesey, if only for this – wonderful.
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.
That’s remarkable. An island in its own right really.
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.
I tried to read that years ago on the recommendation of a number of friends but found it tricky partly due to the lack of paragraphs – I guess I’m a lazy reader.
It’s worth another go! Truly it is. I hadn’t noticed the lack of paras – which is surprising for me.
It’s still on my bookshelf and now it’s back on my list!
The strangely washed out photos are worth a bit of scrutiny.
Interesting. I will definitely take a look.
I remember attending a service there, they were held in Welsh once a year. At the time we were living in Aberffraw on the square.
That must have felt a very special service _ the Welsh voices and the sounds of the sea.
Wow. Thanks for sharing