The Shrine Church & Centre of Saint Melangell

About us

Welcome to the website of the Shrine Church of Saint Melangell. Here you will find information about our services, events and facilities. Follow the news links for up to date information and please contact us if you need any help or support.

Covid-19 Update: The Church is now open for private prayer and simple bi-weekly Sunday services.

We are actively updating and developing the website to make it as accessible and interactive as possible, so look out for exciting changes to come in the near future.

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The Shrine Church of Saint Melangell

The Church is a Grade 1 listed building and there has been a Christian Church here for over 1200 years. Its setting, in a place of great beauty deep in the Berwyn Mountains, is peaceful and unspoilt.

Inside you will find the Shrine of Saint Melangell, which is the oldest romanesque shrine in Northern Europe amongst many fascinating other features. While outside in the churchyard, the ancient protected yew trees are over 2000 years old.

Saint Melangell

Saint Melangell was a female saint of the 7th century. According to tradition she came here from Ireland and lived as a hermit in the valley. One day Brochwel, Prince of Powys, was hunting and pursued a hare which took refuge under Melangell’s cloak. The Prince’s hounds fled, and he was moved by her courage and sanctity. He gave her the valley as a place of sanctuary, and Melangell became Abbess of a small religious community. 

St. Melangell’s Centre

The Saint Melangell Centre operates in a Christian context supporting people in need through reflection, listening and pastoral care. The Centre supports people of all faiths or none. With stunning views of the mountains and valley, it is a beautiful place to pause and find a quiet contemplative space. You can spend some time sitting in our garden; or making use of our day room, ‘Beudy Bach’; or spending a few peaceful nights in our Shepherd’s Hut.

The Guardian of the Shrine

Chris was ordained deacon in 1990, having previously taught in Yorkshire and London, and later became one of the first women to be priested in the Church of England. 

You can contact Chris for pastoral support or spiritual guidance.