Llangar Church, Corwen

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  1. Ian Topham says:

    Re: Llangar Church, Corwen
    Owen, Elias. ‘Welsh folk-lore: a collection of the folk-tales and legends of North Wales’ 1887

    “The tradition is that Llangar Church was to have been built near the spot where the Cynwyd Bridge crosses the Dee.  Indeed, we are told that the masons set to work, but all the stones they laid in the day were gone during the night none knew whither.  The builders were warned, supernaturally, that they must seek a spot where on hunting a ‘Carw Gwyn’ (white stag) would be started.  They did, and Llangar Church is the result. From this circumstance the church was called Llan-garw-gwyn, and from this name the transition to Llangar is easy.”—Gossiping Guide to Wales, p. 128.

    I find in a document written by the Rural Dean for the guidance of the Bishop of St. Asaph, in 1729, that the stag was started in a thicket where the Church of Llangar now stands. “And (as the tradition is) the boundaries of the parish on all sides were settled for ’em by this poor deer, where he was forc’d to run for his life, there lye their bounds. He at last fell, and the place where he was killed is to this day called Moel y Lladdfa, or the Hill of Slaughter.”