Deanery of Ardudwy
St Twrog, Maentwrog
Items of Interest
The west window. Oak carvings. A mosaic cross from Italy. Yew trees 1,300 years old.
The church is dedicated to St. Twrog, a 6th century saint. A church has stood on this site since that time.
Legend has it that Twrog threw a huge stone from the top of Moelwyn mountain to destroy a pagan altar down on the valley floor. This stone stands beside the church (by the belfry door) to this day. It is said that a hand imprint of the Saint can be seen on this stone.
The present church was built in 1814 and later extended with a chancel and baptistry. New stained glass windows were installed in 1896 with the effort and help of William Edward Oakley, of Plas Tan-y-bwlch.
The present organ was installed at that time along with 8 tubular bells.
The west window commemorates Edmwnd Prys, Rector 1572-1624, who metrically translated the psalms into Welsh. He is buried beneath the altar.
The oak carvings were executed by Mary Oakley of Plas Tan-y-bwlch.