St. Beuno (pronunciation, we're reliably informed, is St. Bayno) is a beautiful little church just at the other end of the Wern drive. It has been looked after by the Friends of Friendless Churches since 1999.

Set in a sea of slate headstones and tomb chests and approached through a massive stone lychgate, St Beuno's simple exterior conceals a more elaborate interior with medieval stained glass, monuments and nineteenth century fittings associated with the William-Ellis family.  The root screen and the particularly fine carved wooden lectern with an almost life-size angel were made by Mrs Constance Greaves of Wern Manor and aunt to Clough Williams-Ellis.

The church can be visited (key is available from Mark and Saxa at Tyn Llan

Click here to see St Beuno's Church

 

 

 

Criccieth Castle (Welsh: Castell Cricieth) is a native Welsh castle situated on the headland between two beaches in Criccieth, just a few miles up the road from Wern Manor, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay. It was built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd but it was heavily modified following its capture by English forces of Edward I in the late 13th century.

 

Porthmadog did not exist before William Madocks built a sea wall in 1811 to reclaim a large proportion Traeth Mawr from the sea for agricultural use. This sea wall, the Cob, diverted the Glaslyn river and caused it to scour out a new natural harbour and it didn't take long before the first wharves were built in 1825. Porthmadog's maritime museum is situated in the last remaining slate shed on the harbour and has a large collection of artefacts depicting the seafaring activities of the area.