THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. MARY consists of  undivided nave and chancel, 56 ft. by 18 ft., with modern W. porch and N. vestry. The church was extensively restored in 1906.1 The walls of the nave and chancel seem to have been largely rebuilt above sill level and the fenestration is entirely modern. The doorways to the nave are round-headed, and may be original. That on the W. is off-centre; that to the vestry retains a wooden latch-fitting in the E. jamb. The 16th-century trusses have been patched and re-used; they are of collar-beam type, arch-braced, strutted and multicusped. The roof covering is modern.

Fittings.-Books: p. cxxxi. Font (Plate 35): 15 ins. by 10 ins. by 6 ins. deep, hollowed out of a rough boulder and placed on modern pedestal; date uncertain, probably medieval. Memorials: two painted oak memorial panels of the Trygarn family:2 (i) erected by Gruffyth Trygarn of Chester to his father Richard Trygarn 1666, his mother Margaret ca. 1653, his brother Herbert 1662; above the inscription is a shield of arms with mantling,  vert astag statant arg. (Llywarch Hwlbwrch, for Trygarn) impaling Collwyn ap Tangno (apparently for Lloyd of Rhosgyllfawr); the panel is decorated with cherubs at the angles and a border of alternate skulls and cross bones; (ii) Gruffyth Trygarn of Trygarn, 1687; above the inscription is a shield of arms, quarterly, 1 and 4 Llywarch Hwlbwrch (for Trygarn), 2 and 3 sa. a chevron between three javelin’s heads arg. pointed downwards tipped gules (sic for Cynwrig Sais). Below the shield on either side is a stag’s head couped; beneath the border is the inscription ‘chester 1694’. The lettering of both panels is black on gold ground. Churchyard, (iii) stone to Richard Trygarn of Trygarn, 1732. Panels: two wooden panels in the same style as the memorials to the Trygarn family: (i) Lord’s Prayer and Apostles’ Creed, dated 1691; (ii) Ten Commandments. Plate: (i) Silver chalice with tall beaker-shaped bowl flaring slightly at lip, engraved about the middle with intersecting bands and conventional foliage, on stem with central ring, reeded above and below, egg-and dart moulding at edge of foot. Maker’s mark JL in a hollow shaped shield (presumably for John Lynglay, of Chester).3 Height 6 and15/16th ins. (ii) Silver paten-cover, engraved with intersecting bands containing double rows of hyphens, sprays of foliage at the intersections, and on the foot ‘Ano/1574/XD’ within a circle. Same mark. Diameter 3 and 3/8th ins. From their similarity both should be of 1574. Sundial: copper, inscribed ‘Chester 1692’; on a modern stump W. of the porch.
Hanes Eglwysi, pp. 20-6.

Condition: restored.

SH 22623147                          5 ix 56                            44 N.W.

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