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Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, looking forward to the altar

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, looking forward to the altar

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, looking to the rear of the church

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, looking to the rear of the church

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, Pennant Memorial Celtic Cross

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, Pennant Memorial Celtic Cross - below which are steps that lead to the family burial vault below

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, WWI War Memorial

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, WWI War Memorial

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, WWII War Memorial

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, WWII War Memorial

 

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High resolution old and contemporary photographs of Churches and other places of Worship in Llandegai in the county of Caernarfonshire (now Gwynedd) in North Wales, part of the United Kingdom.

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai, St Tegai's Church c1913

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai, St Tegai's Church c1913 - showing the Pennant burial monument in the foreground

A church was founded in this parish as early as the 5th century by Tegai a Welsh saint. Tegai (or Cai) had come over from Brittany with Saint Cadvan, to revive the Christian faith in Wales.
An archaeological dig discovered remains of the original church and Christian burials on what is now Llandegai / Llandygai Industrial Estate. In the churchyard is a stone coffin recovered from the original church location. Reputed to be the coffin of Saint Tegai, it probably in fact dates to the 11th century.

The present church, in the village of Llandegai was built circa 1330, and has benefited from the patronage of the Pennant family of the nearby Penrhyn Castle.

An interesting point is made in that what the English refer to as the Dark Ages is referred to by the Welsh as the Golden Age of Saints, when so many churches were founded in Wales.

An alabaster monument rescued from Llanfaes Priory after the ‘dissolution’ is of disputed ownership.

The village of Llandegai was built and owned by the super wealthy Pennant family. They had made a fortune initially in the West Indies, and were staunch supporters and protagonists of slavery. They fought strongly against the abolition of slavery.

Later, they added to their fortunes by creating an empire built on the production and distribution of slate products. They were responsible for building Port Penrhyn in Bangor, which facilitaed the distribution of slate.

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Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church Altar and Window

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church Altar and Window

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church and Gravestones

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church and Gravestones

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church Window

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church Window

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, 11th Century Coffin - Side View

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, 11th Century Coffin - Side View

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, 11th Century Coffin - Inner View

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, 11th Century Coffin - Inner View

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, Tomb

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai Church, Tomb - probably recovered from Llanfaes Priory after the Act of Dissolution

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai, St Tegai's Church - July 2008

Caernarfonshire, Llandegai, St Tegai's Church - July 2008

 

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