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Sundial at St. Cynfran's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Colwyn Bay, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2826 / 53°16'57"N

Longitude: -3.6615 / 3°39'41"W

OS Eastings: 289326

OS Northings: 377471

OS Grid: SH893774

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZWG.3Z

Mapcode Global: WH656.QRNB

Plus Code: 9C5R78MQ+3C

Entry Name: Sundial at St. Cynfran's Church

Listing Date: 28 July 1997

Last Amended: 28 July 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18576

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Immediately S of the church, within the rubble-walled churchyard.

County: Conwy

Community: Llysfaen

Community: Llysfaen

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Sundial and columnar base, presented by William Butler, of Ty Mawr, Esq. in 1731 'for the use of the parish'. Butler himself died in 1742 and lies buried on the N side of the church beneath a fine sandstone chest-tomb with Memento Mori carving and brass dedication plaque.


Columnar sandstone sundial base and engraved brass sundial. The base is octagonal in profile and of skittle form, tapering inwards towards the top; moulded octagonal abacus and wide, octagonal stone plinth. The sundial, some 20cms in diameter, has incised rinceau decoration and a now illegible inscription in Welsh.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special historic interest as a complete C18 sundial and base, and for its group value with the Parish Church of St. Cynfran.

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  • II Telephone Call-box in forecourt of Post Office Building (01492 517471)
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  • II Old Telegraph House
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  • II Ty Mawr
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  • II Ty Gwyn
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  • II Pen-y-Dared
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