St Cwyfan's Church in the Sea - Isle of Anglesey
St Cwyfan's Church is known as the Church in the Sea. It is to be found on a small tidal island called Cribinau located off the west coast of Anglesey and close to the village of Aberffraw. Also known as Llangwyfan the church can be reached on foot at low tide. Old maps show the church standing on the mainland of Anglesey but erosion by the sea of the boulder clay cliffs has since separated the church from the mainland. The original site or "Llan" of Cwyfans would have been founded in the 7th Century and the building would have been of wattle and daub construction. The present building is said to date back to the 12th or 13th Century with the building undergoing many restorations. Some Norman masonry remains in the South wall, however the main body is 14th Century. The arched, braced roof timbers are partly 16th century. By the 19th Century the building was a roofless ruin but money was raised to repair the building and to build the massive sea defence walls that give the island it's distinctive shape.
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