St Cwyfan's Church, Church-in-the-sea

St Cwyfan's Church, Church-in-the-sea

St Cwyfan's Church, Church-in-the-sea

St Cwyfan's Church, Church-in-the-sea

The earliest parts of the present church date back to the 12th Century, although there may have been a church on this site since the 7th Century. From old maps it appears that the church was originally built on dry land, but coastal erosion of the glacial till, on which the church is built has left St Cwyfan's marooned on an islet (some internet sources suggest). The present wall around the islet, protecting it from erosion was built in the early 20thcentury. The island is linked to the land by a stone causeway, which in part consists of boulders. At high tide the causeway is covered, as the tide recedes it reveals sharp rocks around the island and two small bays either side – Porth Cwyfan and Porth China.

I walked along the beach to the church, it's at least 100 yards out into the sea. The oval shaped islet on which the church stands is completely cut off by the sea at high tide. This place was recently featured on the BBC programme - COAST.


Taken - 23/09/11
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near Aberffraw, Anglesey, North Wales.
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch