This Saturday (1.7.17) St. Mary and St Egryn’s Church in Llanegryn, near Tywyn (Meirionnydd) will be giving thanks for some much needed repairs to the walls of this ancient Christian site. And the church will also be showing people for the first time the results of a project which will soon enable people all over Wales and the world to appreciate this ancient place of worship.
St. Egryn’s is a Grade 1 listed building, which has an important medieval rood screen and barrel-vaulted ceiling. It is said the the rood screen came from Cymer Abbey, near Dolgellau, at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536.
Recent repairs have almost been completed to the churchyard wall. In addition the outside and inside of the church building have been painstakingly photographed and then modelled to give 3D images of the church building, which will soon be available to the public on the internet.
The Rev’d Janet Fletcher, Associate Priest in the Bro Ystumanner Ministry Area, said “We know that there has been a church on this site since 1253, and parts of the building in which we worship today were built over 750 years ago. Repairing the ancient boundary wall and having the 3D images are the means by which this present generation can ensure that this building can look forward to the next 750 years.”
The imaging work was undertaken by Adam Stanford of Aerial-Cam Photography and Catherine Rees of C.R. Archaeology, and 3D models of the interior and exterior of the church will soon be available online for all to explore. The rood screen is one of the finest examples in Wales and the detailed model will allow the skills of the craftsmen to be appreciated remotely – a wonderful new tool for academics and those with an interest in church architecture.
Adam and Catherine are delighted to be unveiling the 3D models for the first time saying “This is the first time this sort of imaging has been used to create a record of the historic churches in this area. It is a new way to share information about the site, which allows far more viewer interaction than a photograph alone. We are able to record details in the internal and external construction that are virtually impossible to see with the naked eye giving an insight into the methods of these craftsmen, and enabling anyone to share in the beauty of such a building”.
The day of celebration at St. Egryn’s Church begins at 11:15am with a talk by Adan Stanford. It is hoped that people will bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before the service of thanksgiving and blessing at 2pm, which will be led by the Venerable Andrew Jones, Archdeacon of Meirionnydd. There will also be a number of activities for children around the church throughout the day.
Contact Rev. Janet Fletcher : email