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Site 34

Henllan

Church of St. Sadwrn

The one and only church dedicated to the local hermit St. Sadwrn or Saturnas, this ‘old church’ - Welsh ‘hen llan’ - is also unique in Denbighshire for its fortress-like detached tower, built on a rocky outcrop above the steeply-sloping churchyard. One reason for this (it is said) is that the bells could be heard better from here than from the church below - very necessary in a parish once sixteen miles long. The tower probably dates from the 15th century, but the church itself was twice drastically remodelled during the Georgian and Victorian times. All the same, it retains a 14th century vestry door, a late medieval east window, a fine Jacobean altar table and a pair of Georgian chandeliers. Outside the porch are the shaft of a medieval preaching cross and an ancient font.

Opposite the lower gate to the churchyard stands the thatched Llindir Inn, named from the flax (Welsh ‘llin’) once grown hereabouts: late medieval in origin, it is said to be haunted by the murdered wife of a former landlord.

Church - open Easter - September

Mon - Sat 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

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Henllan Church and Tower

Llindir Inn public house, Henllan