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Inscribed Stone in Llanfihangel Traethau Churchyard

A Scheduled Monument in Talsarnau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8975 / 52°53'51"N

Longitude: -4.0902 / 4°5'24"W

OS Eastings: 259493

OS Northings: 335389

OS Grid: SH594353

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.PGX2

Mapcode Global: WH55T.4FJJ

Entry Name: Inscribed Stone in Llanfihangel Traethau Churchyard

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3423

Cadw Legacy ID: ME050

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Inscribed stone

Period: Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Talsarnau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


This is a narrow pillar of hard, fine-grained stone with an inscription running vertically on all four faces. The Latin inscription is translated by Nash Williams as follows: 'Here is the tomb of Wleder, the mother of Odelau, who first built this church in the time of King Owain.' This dates it to the 12th century (Owain reigned 1137-70). The inscription is still very clear, and there is a possibility that the stone is still in situ. The stone is situated by a corner of the path leading to the church, 12 m from the porch. It stands 1.6 m high and is about 17 cm square in cross-section.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval funerary and religious practises. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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