An­cient refuge

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The tiny church of St Be­uno’s lies on the coast of the Llyn Penin­sula, in the vil­lage of Pistyll. St Be­uno was a 7th cen­tury Welsh ab­bot and saint who be­came an earnest mis­sion­ary through­out North Wales and is said to have raised seven peo­ple from the dead. This sin­gle-cham­bered church was largely built in the 15th cen­tury, though the site was a rest­ing place for pil­grims on their way to Bard­sey Is­land from the 6th cen­tury. In­side is an 11th cen­tury font bear­ing an in­ter­lock­ing An­glo-Scan­di­na­vian chain de­sign. On the north wall, a paint­ing of two fig­ures can be made out, one of which is pre­sumed to be St Christo­pher. On the same wall is a leper’s squint, a win­dow through which lep­ers in the Mid­dle Ages could view the ser­vices. Though few cer­e­monies now take place, at Christ­mas, the floor is scat­tered with rushes and herbs and Mass is held by can­dle­light.

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