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Sundial in the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno

A Grade II Listed Building in Clynnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0208 / 53°1'14"N

Longitude: -4.3655 / 4°21'55"W

OS Eastings: 241432

OS Northings: 349670

OS Grid: SH414496

Mapcode National: GBR 5D.FN0S

Mapcode Global: WH43Y.XBCK

Entry Name: Sundial in the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno

Listing Date: 15 September 1999

Last Amended: 15 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22350

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The sundial now stands in the churchyard approximately 3m from the SW corner of the Chapel of St Beuno.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Clynnog

Community: Clynnog

Locality: Clynnog-fawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The sundial is Irish Celtic type of slab-dial forming a cross at its head, and is probably of the C10-early C12.


The cross consists of a vertical slab of granite, 500mm wide and 125mm thick and approximately 2m high (reduced by c30cm) with a wheel cross head, drilled through to take a gnomon. Eight radial lines to the lightly inscribed hour circle, which is set out on the octaval system used in Anglo-Saxon times, where the 24 hours are marked as 8 'tides'. The reverse is plain.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an important and well preserved sundial cross of western Celtic pattern, of a type also known in Ireland, but thought to be unique in Wales, and probably still standing in its original location on a major religious site.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I Church of St Beuno, with attached Chapel of St Beuno
    The parish church is set close to the main Caernarfon to Pwllheli road, in a large graveyard which slopes gently to the N. The chapel stands on the S side of the tower.
  • II Bodfasarn
    The house lies alongside the main road, immediately SW of the church in the centre of the village.
  • II Tomb of Eben Fardd
    The tomb is set in the churchyard on the NE side of the church, close to the gable of the N vestry.
  • II Former SW wing of Bodfasarn
    The building is attached to the SW gable end of Bodfasarn, facing the main road.
  • II Bod Cybi
    The house is one of a row of cottages overlooking the churchyard at the centre of the village.
  • II Lychgate to the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The lychgate opens directly off the main road at the centre of the village, and leads into the W corner of the churchyard opposite the E end of the chancel.
  • II The Court House
    The house is immediately outside NE side of the churchyard, facing towards the church.
  • II Post Office
    The shop is set on a cut-off section of the main road, SW of the Coach Inn, and on the corner of a minor road into the hills at the rear.

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