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Marble Church Spire

Inside the church

Stain glass window

Another stain glass window

The gravestones

St Asaphs Cathedral

Bishops chair

Inside the cathedral

The choir stalls

Along the nave

St Winefride's statue

The well

The building enclosing the well

We had on the Sunday moved base to Llanddulas on the North Wales coast. Our pitch on our new campground overlooked the sea. There was also a good coastal path just down the hill so Daisy could every morning have a good walk.

We woke up to rain yet again but decided we would head out. Our first stop was at the Marble Church. The church had quite an impressive Gothic 202 foot limestone spire, beautiful marble pillars inside(this is how it got its name)and within its graveyard an interesting history. we had noticed when we parked that there was a large number military headstones in the graveyard and wondered why.

We learnt that nearby there had been Kinmel Camp which had been used by Canadian troops during the First World War. Many of the gravestones were soldiers who had died due to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19. Howver the story did not end there. In addition four of the graves were soldiers killed in the March 1919 camp riot when a ship allocated to return the troops to Canada was diverted to carry food supplies to Russia.

From there we went to St Asaph which is Britains second smallest city and has the smallest cathedral in the country. From the outside the cathedral is unpretentious but inside it was just beautiful, in our view outshing many of the more major cathedrals.

The present building dates from the 13th century when a new building was begun on the site after the original stone cathedral was burnt by King Edward I in 1282. The rebellion of Owain Glynd┼Ár resulted in part of the cathedral being reduced to a ruin for seventy years. The present building was largely built in the reign of Henry Tudor and greatly restored in the 19th century.

After lunch in St Asaph we headed to the coast on our way stopping to explore St Winefride's Well in Holywell. Acording to legend St Winefride's Well first erupted at the spot in the 7th century where her would be rapist Cardog cut off her head with a sword. Restored to life at the prayers of her uncle St Beuno, Winefride lived as a nun until her second death 22 years later(Leaflet St Winefride Well). Since that time the well has been a place of pilgrimage and healing (People must bathe in the well three times.) We were not sure we would have liked to have bathed in the water.

After a "spiritual" day we headed back along the North Wales coast to our base.

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