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Towyn-y-Capel;Capel Sant Ffraid: site of Chapel and Excavated Cemetery

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Grid ReferenceSH2562378997
Unitary (Local) AuthorityIsle of Anglesey
Old CountyAnglesey

The site of a medieval chapel dedcated to St Bride set upon a sandhill some 4.0-6.0m high above the tideline in Trearddur Bay. The mound has now largely gone. An eighteenth century print shows the chapel walls as largely intact and the eastern end survived into the mid nineteenth century. The chapel was surrounded by a wall running about the summit of the sandhill.
The site was long noted for the tiered cist burials that eroded from it. Following exploratory work in 1985 and 1997, more extensive excavations were undertaken in 2002-3. Over sixty burials were recorded and these were dated to the seventh-twelfth century.

Sources: RCAHM Anglesey Inventory (1937), 22
Boyle in the Transactions of the Anglesey Antiquarian Society and Field Club for 1991, 15-21
Davidson in Archaeology in Wales 37 (1997), 96-8
Davidson & Smith in Archaeology in Wales 42 (2002), 124-5
Davidson in Archaeology in Wales 43 (2003), 134

John Wiles 07.08.07

Site de-scheduled due to erosion by severe weather. Full excavation report prepared by Cadw & GAT.
(source Cadw SAM notice, 15th December 2003)
F.Foster 18.12.03