St Silin's Church

Oswestry, United Kingdom

St Silin's Church is a parish church in Llansilin. The present building, which has parts dating back to the 13th century, is a Grade I listed building. It stands on a site that has been used by Christian communities since the Dark Ages. The church is dedicated to Saint Silin, now better known as Saint Sulien, the 6th-century founder-abbot of a monastery at Luxulyan in Cornwall.

The church was constructed out of wood in a cruciform shape as a Clas, though it was damaged during Owain Glyndŵr's rebellion and the nave was rebuilt in stone. A 13th-century lancet remains a part of the current building. During the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads used the church as a barracks and the south door for target practice with muskets. It was also shot at by Royalist forces sieging the church; the door is still in use and still retains the bullet holes. The wooden spire of the church burned down in the 1800s and a replacement stone tower was built in 1832.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Christine Williams (7 months ago)
Lovely welcome information in porch
Roots Tree Specialists Jack Carnell (8 months ago)
A beautiful church surrounded by ancient yew trees. Well worth a visit if your in the area!
Richard Evans (13 months ago)
Beautiful little church and graveyard
Eliot Collins (4 years ago)
St Silin's Church in Llansilin is a stunning 15th century church in the Perpendicular style, carefully restored in the 19th century. Most of the current church is from the 15th ceentury but there a small aspects of 13th century construction and the site has been occupied by a religious building for far longer. Thought to be from an earlier rood screen, a few roof timbers in the vestry feature carved plants and vines. One particularly striking timber features a pair of ornately carved wyverns, winged beasts with bared teeth not unlike dragons. The walls of the double nave feature several ornate monuments and hatchments. One notable plaque is to the late 17th and early 18th century politician William Williams. A local man, Williams was a Tory and supposed Jacobite and dominated the politics of North Wales during his time.
Paul Smith (4 years ago)
Lovely, peaceful old church with some some wonderful old trees in the church yard
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