St Tegai’s Church, Llandygai

St Tegai's Church


29 February 2012

Llandygai, Gwynedd

SH 60079 70986; 53.21744°N, 4.09701°W


Llandygai, located just outside the boundary walls of the grounds of Penrhyn Castle, was developed by the Penrhyn family in the 18th century as a model village for its estate workers. St Tegai had established a church there in the 6th century and the present building dates back to the 14th century. The church was restored and extended in 1853 by diocesan architect Henry Kennedy.

Inside the church there is a marble monument to Richard Pennant, first Baron Penrhyn, and in the churchyard is the tomb of Benjamin Wyatt, Pennant’s agent for the Penrhyn estate.

St Tegai’s Church (The Church in Wales);
St Tegai’s Church, Llandegai (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales)

St Tegai's Church

St Tegai's Church

Benjamin Wyatt's tomb

Within this TOMB
Are Deposited the Mortal Remains of
of LIME GROVE in this Parish ESQ:,
Formerly of WEEFORD in the CO: of STAFFORD.
And Brother of the late JAMES WYATT ESQre.
his Majesty’s Surveyor General:
She was the Daughter of William and Elisbth. Ford
of Burton upon Trent;
and Died, as She had Lived, a fond and Ever anxious
Parent, Cherishing, with Christian Piety & Humility,
the Hope of a Blessed Resurrection.
April 28 1815, AGED 65 Years.

HERE Also Lieth Entombed the Body of the Said BENJAMIN
WYATT, who, for Upwards of Thirty Years, was Chief Agent to
Distinguished by an Able, Faithful, and Honourable Discharge of
His Stewardship; by that Solidity of Judgement, Strictness of Inegrity,
Modesty of Deportment, Benevolence of Heart, and Complacency
of Temper; which Entitle a Man to Esteem and Reverence,
by that Humility which Marks the True Servant of Christ and by
That Piety which Alone can Sustain the Hope of Everlasting Life:
He Died Jany: 5, 1818, AGED 73 Years.

Benjamin Wyatt's tomb

13 thoughts on “St Tegai’s Church, Llandygai

  1. Cemeteries reveal a lot about a place in time, which is one reason why I love them so much. They also reveal the beliefs of a people, their fears and their hopes. I’m intrigued by the pyramid-shaped grave marker. I have not seen one of those for that time period, at least, not here in the US. The crenellated church is fascinating, also. I wonder if it ever saw battles. So much history! Wonderful photos, Graham.


  2. Lovely to see these, and thank you for posting the inscription on the Wyatt tomb. Were any of the others buried there or just Benjamin and his wife?

    One thing I found in tha papers was that the marble monument to Richard Pennant was actually paid for by his wife, Anne Susannah. She left a sum of (I think) £3000 for it in her will. I’d always assumed they had a marriage of convenience, but maybe not?

    Yet again, great pics 🙂


    • Yes, there were inscriptions on the other faces of the pyramid about other family members, but I didn’t really pay them much attention as it was Benjamin that I was really interested in.

      That’s interesting about the amount left for the monument. According to this tool £3000 in 1816 would be worth around £180k (retail price inflation) or £2m (average earnings inflation) in today’s values.

      More on the marble monument coming soon… watch this space!


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  4. I was very interested to read about the tomb of my 4th great grandfather, Benjamin Wyatt. I am descended from his daughter Ann who married Daniel Vawdrey. Daniel bought a 1000 acre estate in Nant Gwynant in 1803 and improved the main road there. Peter Moore Dutton.


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