This is moderately ancient, being founded as an abbey by Llywelyn the Great around 1190; it was moved from an earlier site near Caernarfon. At the time of the Conquest (that is 1282-3 in these parts, not 1066!) the abbey moved out and the church became the centre of the new town, a function it still fulfils. It is the local concert hall (has a classical music festival every summer);for a short cut from one corner of the walled town to another, you usually dive into the four entrances to the churchyard and rush past the church. The church is a noble structure from varying periods - parts may date from before the time of Owain Glyndwr (1400-1415) when practically every building in Wales was burnt by one side or the other. Note the roof, the rood screen, the tiny clearstorey windows, the odd tower and the Town Clock - the Town runs the clock, not the Church (unless things have changed)and you can hear the church bell strike the hours from anywhere in the little walled town.
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