Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Date

8 November 2014 (Feast day of Saint Tysilio)
Location

Church Island, Menai Bridge

SH 55181 71768; 53.22315°N, 4.17067°W

Information

The seventh-century Welsh saint Tysilio, or Sulio, was the second son of Brochwel Ysgithrog, King of Powys. He turned his back on the royal court and military service, opting instead for a religious life and later became an abbot. He is believed to have founded a hermitage on Church Island (Ynys Tysilio) in the Menai Strait. He also built churches in Meifod, Powys and Saint-Suliac, Brittany – the latter being the place to where he fled after refusing to marry his brother Cynan’s widow and succeed to the throne of Powys; it is also where he ended his days in 640.

Church Island is now accessed by a short causeway from Belgian Promenade in Menai Bridge. The churchyard covers the whole of the one-hectare island and the present church, which is still in use, was built in the 15th century and was restored at the end of the 19th century. Eglwys Sant Tysilio was a parish church until 1858 and was formerly a chapel of ease of St Mary’s Church in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.

Further Reading

Tysilio (Wikipedia);
Church of Saint Tysilio (angleseychurches.co.uk)

 

In Sacred Memory of My Beloved Husband Capt. Francis F. R. Mansel Morgan, J.P., D.L. of Plas Coed Mor, Anglesey who died 13th May 1900

In Sacred Memory
of
My Beloved Husband
Capt. Francis F. R. Mansel Morgan, J.P., D.L.
of Plas Coed Mor, Anglesey
who died 13th May 1900

Francis Frederick Richard Mansel Morgan became a captain in the 1st Battalion Bedfordshire Rifle Volunteers in 1861

Mariner

Mariner

Builder

Builder

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Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

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Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Memorial to Capt. Francis F. R. Mansel Morgan, J.P., D.L.

Memorial to Capt. Francis F. R. Mansel Morgan, J.P., D.L.

Memorial to Capt. Francis F. R. Mansel Morgan, J.P., D.L.

Memorial to Capt. Francis F. R. Mansel Morgan, J.P., D.L.

In Memory of John Hemingway Esqr. of Craig Owen & formerly of Dewsbury who died July 7th 1872 aged 77 years Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly

In Memory
of
John Hemingway Esqr.
of Craig Owen & formerly of
Dewsbury
who died July 7th 1872
aged 77 years
Though the Lord be high,
yet hath he respect unto the lowly

This headstone in the form of a broken column – often symbolising the loss of the head of a household – is a memorial to John Hemingway (1795 – 1872), his second wife Sarah (d. 1877) and their only son John Greenwood Hemingway (d. 1868). Stonemason Hemingway was born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire and moved to Menai Bridge in 1846 for the construction of Robert Stephenson’s Britannia Bridge carrying the Chester & Holyhead Railway over the Menai Strait. Hemingway and his partners were the main contractors responsible for building the bridge’s masonry towers and abutments. His former house, Craig Owen, in Cadnant Road has been the Oriel Tegfryn art gallery since 1963.

War memorial, erected in 1921

The polished-granite Celtic-cross war memorial was erected in 1921 on an outcrop on the highest point of the island. It was designed by Liverpool-born archaeologist and architect Harold Hughes (1864 – 1940), who was appointed as Bangor’s diocesan surveyor and architect in 1900.

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Eglwys Sant Tysilio

Oak door

St. Tysilio Built this Church 630 A.D.

St. Tysilio
Built this Church
630 A.D.

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17 thoughts on “Eglwys Sant Tysilio

  1. A lovely set of photos with some sweet (in the literal sense) images, very poignant. The John Hemingway grave was quite a find. As usual, your mastery of the churchyard brings some fascinating photographs…I don’t know how you can keep finding new angles, but you do!

  2. Lovely photos! Since the ‘sil’ element in St Tysilio’s etymology can mean sun in Welsh ‘sul’ I think it likely that both he and his namesake Saint Sulien were stand-ins for pre-Christian solar cults. There is a documented Brythonic sun cult figure at Roman Bath namely Sulis-Minerva (etymology again ‘sul’ or sun) in this case a sun goddess. It is perhaps significant that St Tysilio’s church was formerly a chapel of ease of St Mary’s Church in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sulis

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