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The small village of Clynnog is closely associated with Saint Beuno – the most prominent of Celtic
Saints. ‘Beuno founded a clas, a sort of cross between a college and a monastery, at Clynnog Fawr
around 630AD. The clas became an important centre for learning for the area and became a
gathering place for pilgrims on their way to Bardsey Island.’ The structure was burnt down by the Vikings in the 10th century and then, again, by the Normans in the 11th century. Its repeated restoration confirmed its importance on the Pilgrims Way. The existing church was built on the 7th century foundations in the 16th century. These views of the church were recorded by Beatrice. Beatrice records regarding the St Beuno’s Chest that a curious relic formed out of a
solid tree, for the reception of votive offerings.
Secured by three locks, one for the Rector, and
one each for the Churchwardens

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