Llanrhaeadr : The Jesse Window and a Holy Well


Welcome to St Dyfnog’s

On our way back from Foel Fennli we stopped in the village of Llanrhaeadr, bypassed by the main road, to visit the church of St Dyfnog and its famous Jesse Stained Glass Window. The church gains 3 stars in the Jenkins Wales book. Apparently, the “rhaeadr” part of the name means waterfall.


The JesseWindow is dated 1533! Jenkins describes it thus :

For size and completeness it is a unique depiction of Christ’s biblical ancestors to survive from the Middle Ages, owing to its removal into hiding during the Civil War.


The window depicts Jesse lying at the bottom, customarily lying on his side and looking pleased with himself. The branches of the tree of his descendants swirl upwards past David [we are in Wales, of course], Solomon and other kings and prophets to Christ above.  …  The whole is set in a forest of leaves, a glorious tableau of colour.”


The intricately carved porch



Behind the church runs a small stream crossed by several stone bridges. A few hundred metres upstream is a holy well. Once, supposedly, paved with marble. “Situated in a copse near St. Dyfnog’s Church, with access via a gate in the churchyard, is the well of Saint Dyfnog, which is a rectangular stone bath, 18 inches deep, fed by a number of springs in the hillside. It is believed that Saint Dyfnog lived here during the 6th century, and did penance by standing in the well.” [From the church website]


One of the little stone bridges and Rhaeadr (waterfall)



St Dyfnog’s Well

St Dyfnog lived here in the 6th century doing penance by standing under the waterfall in a hair shirt belted with an iron chain. His virtues gave the water miraculous healing powers, reputedly capable of curing not only ‘scabs and the itch’ but also smallpox and even dumbness and deafness. By the late middle ages this spring was among the most renowned Welsh holy wells.


The Llanrhaeadr Alms Houses


Guarded by Mr (or Mrs) Pussy



The Llangernyw Yew : The Oldest Tree in Wales and a Forgotten Poet

… And one of the oldest living things in the world! I don’t know why we don’t all know about this phenomenon. From The Pulpit Yew we drove on to the village of Llangernyw in order to find this ancient yew – more than 4,000 years old.

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Saint Digain’s Church also features in Simon Jenkins’s best buildings in Wales book.

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The Pulpit Yew : Nantglyn, North Wales

Earlier this week I spent a few days in North Wales with two friends. We stayed in a lovely old Landmark Trust property, Dolbelydr, near Trefnant in Denbighshire.


Here’s an extract from the Landmark Trust website  about Dolbelydr :

Meadow of the Rays of the Sun

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La Laguna: the Old University City of Tenerife

On Tuesday we had a change from hiking and took the bus from nearby Los Cristianos to the capital of Tenerife in the north of the island, Santa Cruz. The journey takes about an hour. After coffee at the Opera House we took a bus and tram to the former capital and university and cathedral city of La Laguna.

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Ickworth Grand Tour

The weekend before last I spent three nights staying near Bury St Edmunds at a National Trust cottage on the Ickworth Estate. A friend and I stopped to visit Ely Cathedral on our journey down from Yorkshire on Friday; we visited Bury St Edmunds Cathedral and The Moyses Hall Museum on Saturday and our plan for Sunday was to walk The Ickworth Grand Tour Walk. The IGTW is a seven mile walk that begins at the NT car park. In our case, we could begin it from our Horringer Park Gates front door.


Horringer Park Gates at Ickworth Main Entrance

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Festive Greetings

I hope you will enjoy this post reblogged from Echoes of the Past. The beautiful Nativity windows are in the parish church of Holt in Norfolk (my home county). Christmas Greetings to you all and thank you for visiting here throughout the past year.

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I found this beautiful Nativity stained glass window today, Christmas Eve 2016, in St Andrews Church in Holt, Norfolk.  We had a lovely day, and I’m not sure where everyone was, as the roads were quite empty and we just visited some of our favourite small towns and villages in Norfolk.  I got to visit two churches, one working water mill and we had lunch in a converted mill, so quite a good day really, although I still have a cold, it was not going to beat me……well only a little.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, and I hope your day is truly blessed 🙂





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