Church of St. Maelrhys is a rectangular building, the E. portion added or
enlarged from a smaller chancel. The walls are of rubble with boulder
footings partly exposed. The slate roof and bell-cote are modern. Existing
openings are modern, though there are blocked doorways near the W. end on
the N. and S. and blocked lights towards the E. end of the N. wall.
Nave and Chancel (57ft. 10ins. By 14ft) but without clean
joints, but the internal set-back in the N. wall and an external change of
alignment in the S. wall indicate the probable junctions. These features
also establish that the chancel was added to the medieval nave, but there
is nothing by which it might be dated. Both N. and S. walls of the nave
are battered internally. The N. doorway has a roughly pointed head
of long large voussoirs, probably medieval, the blocking perhaps
contemporary with the opening of the S. doorway which has a
segmental head of thinner voussoirs, possibly post-medieval. The blocking
of this doorway may be associated with the modern rebuilding of the W.
gable which has the present entry and windows to the vestries.
Fittings, Books: for registers. Communion Table: in vestry,
with baluster-type turned legs and moulded stretchers, the top reduced;
early 18th century. Font: an irregular octagonal stone
bowl, the N. face bearing incised a cross formee; the short shaft
has roughly moulded string, and the base is spayed; 15th-century.
Seating: box-pews on the S. and plain benches on the N. side
inscribed ‘Nanhoron’; mid-19th-cantury.
According to Baring-Gould and Fisher (III, p. 406) this church was
dependent on that of Aberdaron, which was founded by St. Hywyn, cousin to
from the publication, An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in
Caernarvonshire, Vol III: West, Royal Commission on the Ancient and
Historical Monuments in Wales and Monmouthshire, 1964