SH7770 : Church of St Mary in Canovium Roman Fort off the B5106 Caerhun

taken 7 years ago, near to Caerhūn, Conwy, Great Britain

Church of St Mary in Canovium Roman Fort off the B5106 Caerhun
Church of St Mary in Canovium Roman Fort off the B5106 Caerhun
Church of St Mary Caerhun
The Grade I Listed church which dates from the 13th century was probably founded by the Cistercians of Maenan Abbey. It is thought that the present knave formed the original building. A porch and chancel were added in the 15th Century. In the 19th century the porch was converted to a vestry thus the original south entrance is now the vestry door. In the 16th Century the wall containing the present entrance was rebuilt. The entrance door is 18th Century studded plank and the Grade II Listed lychgate is of the same period. The bell cote is of an unusual double style, although there is no evidence of there ever being more than one bell. Inside the church, a board, inscribed in Latin, indicates that the chapel was built in 1591 by Edward Medieval of Maes Castell who was High Sheriff of Caernarfon in 1570. In 1972 a medieval Holy Water stoup and some bones were discovered in the north wall near the entrance.
Canovium Roman Fort
The Romans built their temporary wooden fort with an earthen rampart and two ditches in 75 AD and, later in about 150 AD, they rebuilt it with stone. In 200 AD the fort was destroyed but it seems some form of occupation occurred in the 4th century, only to be completely destroyed around 400 AD. After that there may well have been Romano-British occupation when a 5th or 6th century prince or king of Gwynedd called Rhun set up a camp or settlement here.
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Date Taken
Monday, 20 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7765 7039 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:12.9862N 3:50.0270W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7765 7040
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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