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Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Nave and Chancel

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Nave and Chancel

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Tower

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Tower

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Welcome Prayer

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Welcome Prayer

 

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High resolution old and contemporary photographs of St Mary's Church in Betws y Coed in the county of Caernarfonshire (now Gwynedd) in North Wales, part of the United Kingdom.

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Side View

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Side View

In the 19th century Betws y Coed had already become a popular holiday destination. The existing small church of St Michael was unable to cope, and thus in 1873 Christ Church was built, and later renamed St Mary's Church. The land on which the church was built was donated by the Gwydir estate, and had previously been used for events as diverse as cock-fighting and open air prayer meetings.

A local man - Owen Gethin Jones - was chosen to build the church, and he was also responsible for building many other local buildings including the Railway Station.

Apart from containing the clock, the tower contains tubular bells which can be played from a keyboard.

St Mary's is one of the largest and grandest of village churches, certainly in North Wales.

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Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Chancel

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Chancel

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Font

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Font - made of serpentine stone from Cornwall

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Font Explanation

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Font Explanation (worth reading)

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Nave and Bishop's Eye

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church Nave and Bishop's Eye

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church, Bishop's Eye Window

Caernarfonshire, Betws-y-Coed, St Mary's Church, Bishop's Eye Window

 

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