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Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, Early graves rest against the church wall

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, Early graves rest against the church wall

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, side and broken grave markers

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, side and broken grave markers

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, Three unusual grave markers

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, Three unusual grave markers

 

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High resolution old and contemporary photographs of Churches and other places of Worship in Llanfairynghornwy in the county of Anglesey (Sir Fôn) in North Wales, part of the United Kingdom.

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church - July 2008

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church - July 2008

The one time rector of Llanfairynghornwy - Reverend James Williams - and his wife Francis are credited with being the force behind the acquisition of the first lifeboat on Anglesey - at Cemlyn - in 1828.

Not olny that, but James Williams was also the first coxswain on the Cemlyn Lifeboat, and went on to be awarded two RNLI Gold Medals for bravery during the rescue of the people on board the ships the 'Active' and the 'Sarah'.

During a raging gale, and with 'mountainous seas' he is said to have ridden on horseback onto the beach and into the sea to reach the vessel 'Active' and managing to get a rope onto her allowed the lifeboat to reach her from the beach and save the crew.

James and Francis' son - Owen Lloyd Williams - followed his father into the clergy, and also into the lifeboat service, and in 1870 he was awarded the RNLI Silver Medal for bravery for saving the men aboard the 'Kenilworth'

Reverend James Williams later became the Chancellor of Bangor Cathedral, passing away in 1872. He was laid to rest in Llanfairynghornwy Churchyard.

Francis Williams was a great lady of character and bravery in her own right, and the story is recorded of how she went with her husband through very dangerous seas to the Skerries lighthouse; - medicine Bag in hand - to give aid to a lighthouse man who had become ill.

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Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church Lych Gate and Steps

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church Lych Gate and Steps

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church path and Cemetery

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church path and Cemetery

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church Sign

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church Sign

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, 1793 Gravestone

Anglesey, Llanfairynghornwy, St Mary's Church, 1793 Gravestone

 

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