Welcome to St. Engan’s Church, which takes you back to medieval times from the moment that you step through the door, as you encounter the rood screen and painted chancel ceiling.
The churches of Llanengan and Llangian have always enjoyed a close relationship so on Sunday mornings we alternate between the two churches. Notices are placed outside the churches to indicate where the service will be held on the following Sunday, you are also welcome to telephone or e-mail requesting the information. The services are predominantly in English and usually Eucharistic. Coffee is served after the service in both churches.
Llanengan is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding of the churches on the Llyn Peninsula from which you are able to catch a clear view of Bardsey Island. The present church is mainly 15th century and the tower was built in 1534. It has had important links with the Abbey Church on Bardsey since the time when Engan, our patron, gifted the island to Cadfan, the founder of the first Celtic Christian settlement on Bardsey in the 6th century. In 1537 the Augustinian monastery on the island was destroyed and there may well be close connections between the date of that destruction and the rebuilding of this church. It is quite possible that the bells which hang in the tower are those of the Abbey of Bardsey as are the two medieval screens and the large ornate ancient money box near the south door. There are also two ancient holy wells at the far end of the churchyard beyond the west boundary wall traditionally associated with medieval healing. Llanengan continues, as in the medieval period, to be a popular stopping off point for modern-day pilgrims.
We look forward to welcoming you to our church.
"The glorious view from the church is over meadows, down to the sea and across the water to Ynys Enlli [Bardsey Island], which has long been the focus of important pilgrimage activity and caused St. Engan’s Church to be built in the 16th Century. To this day it has inspired our congregation as the ‘backdrop’ to our daily lives."
Peter Hill, St Engan’s Treasurer