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St Gwynno Church


The original Vaynor Church, dedecated to St Gwynno, was built in 874 or 714 but was burnt down during the battle of Maesvaynor which took place in 1291. The 'new' Victorian church was built in 1870 by the Crawshay ironmasters of Merthyr: famously, Robert Thompson Crawshay’s massive, ten-ton grave in the churchyard includes the sombre inscription ‘God Forgive Me’. Genuine remorse or a hollow gesture?

A short walk away are the gloomy ruins of the medieval church deep in a wood.