churches in wales

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Tintern Abbey (Abaty Tyndyrn), Wye Valley. Monmoutshire, Wales by Ed Moskalenko
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Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Great Britain: Autumn  - Oxford, Lavenham, Greenstead Church, London/Hampstead Heath, Llanrwst, London/Richmond Park,  Greenstead Church, Oxford, Lower Slaughter, Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant

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Disappearing church

blubelle submitted:

So this story is a story my mum has told me many times and has always creeped me out every time. 

When my mum was about 13 she was at her grandfathers birthday party, they had rented out some sort of venue in the welsh hills (somewhere). As a 13 year old (nosey) girl she was bored and decided to go exploring outside. 

She was looking around when she came around a corner and saw a church in the distance in the middle of a paddock. She begged first her grandfather to go with her, after he said no she begged her mother,sister,auntie etc. until her dad agreed to walk up the road with her to have a look at the church. 

As my mum and her dad walked up to the church they noticed white objects kinda floating around the church walls and it kinda looked like people were sitting on top of the walls, not really paying much attention to this, they crossed though the old church gates into the graveyard. As they were looking at the old headstones my grandfather (in a shaky, terrified voice) said “alyson… we need to go. right now.“ 

As my mum looked up she saw a figure, a black figure, kinda floating towards her. At this point “her feet were glued to the ground and her eyes glued to the figure approaching her”. Her dad was long gone, running back down the road back to the party. The figure got closer and closer until she could almost hear it “breathing” and then she ran, like her father back down to the party. ( not mentioning anything to anyone else) 

Heres the part I’ve always found creepy and very weird: 

The next day they went back to the venue to clean up the mess they had made. My mum looked out the window to recall the night before at the old church, only to see where the church had stood the night before, was gone. Being pretty confused she ran back up to where the church had stood. 

By the gates of where the church stood was a plaque saying something along the lines of “Remembering the old ‘something’ church burnt down 1921” The church had burnt down at least 40 years before then. 

Fuck Yeah Nightmares Mod James: 7/10 I wonder what that spectre was! Spooky! Thanks for sharing the scares!

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Llandecwyn view by Andrew Kearton
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Beautiful view of the estuary with Llandecwyn church seen through the bushes and Portmerion down below.

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Great Britain  [6] - Autumn - Hampstead Heath, Llanrwst, Richmond Park , Oxford, Lavenham, Chawton, Greenwich Park, Lower Slaughter, Oxford, Greenstead Church

The Welsh Not

Did you know that in Welsh schools in the Victorian Era it was against school rules to speak Welsh? 
Welsh culture, including the language, was still viewed as pretty backwards by the Victorians. To understand this it is important to go back to the Acts of Union between England and Wales in 1536 and 1543. Along with other articles, these brought about English as the official language of Wales. It was the language of the law and of education. These still remained in place in the Victorian era. Also there were no secular schools in the Victorian age, they all came under the jurisdiction of the Church of England in Wales, for this was the established church in Wales despite being an English institution. 
The children attending these schools, particularly from area like Gwynedd, came from Welsh speaking families were very little English was known. Welsh was their first language and the schools needed ways to discourage the speaking of Welsh in schools. One of the things they came up with was the Welsh Not. 

If a child spoke Welsh in school they would have a wooden sign, much like the ones pictured above, on a string hung around their neck. That child would then spend the rest of the day hoping that another child spoke Welsh, for if another did the first child would have the sign taken off them and it would be hing around the neck of the next child. This continued until the end of the day. At the end of the day, the child who still had the Welsh Not hung around their neck would be punished in the usual fashion, with a beating from the cane or a similar object. In fact David Lloyd George (the first Welsh Prime Minister of the UK)’s uncle was hit so hard around the head for speaking Welsh that he became deaf in one ear.