There are many churches near holiday parks like Whitehouse Leisure Park. Whether you like to view the stunning architecture of these historic buildings; to participate in a religious service; sit quietly and contemplate or even research your family history, to find dates of family events such as births and marriages.
There are many annual events that are linked to the various churches in the area; you could register your interest and help with some of the activities, whilst you are at you are staying on a holiday park in Towyn, Wales or even consider becoming a member of the many groups that are affiliated with churches. These include the WI, (Womens’ Institute), the Abergele Camera Club, the Abergele District Floral Club and the Pensarn Coffee and Chat Group.
The majority of churches are still in use after many decades, in some cases, centuries of worship and here you can stand on the edge of history, of family celebrations of births, deaths, marriages and christenings. Most churches are free to visit and here you can find information on several in the Abergele and Towyn areas.
Abergele Catholic Church
This impressive building is sometimes known as “The little flower of Jesus” named after the 19th Century French Saint Thérèse de Lisieux, whose name the Church takes. Built in 1934, designed by an Italian architect, the plan was for a Greek cross with surrounding apses and a dome.
St Michael’s Parish Church
This church could possibly date back to the Middle Ages and during a recent renovation and refurbishment, historic artefacts have been discovered. Among them were human remains, a clasp from a cloak and a stone with an inscription of a poem. It has been noted that the members of the Church are hoping to attract the television programme “Time Team” to visit and make further investigations.
St Mary’s Church, Towyn
Now listed as a Grade II building, the Victorian architecture comprises a gable bell tower, a nave and a north aisle consisting of four bays. After a major flood in 1990, which caused terrible damage to the area and buildings, major renovation works were carried out that included re-laying of floor tiles.
Kinmel Bay Church, Kinmel Bay
A warm welcome is offered to everyone, locals and holidaymakers, with the opportunity to take part in Sunday morning or evening services. This is a medium-sized family church, sometimes known as KBC.
Mynydd Seion Welsh Presbyterian Church
Also a listed building the Chapel is built from black basaltic stone, set on an elevated platform, constructed on the site of a former smaller chapel and designed by the chapel architect, Richard Owens.
The New Life Revival Church
With Sunday Services each week, they also offer a children’s class for ages 3 – 10 years, toys available for toddlers and refreshments after the service.
Norman Church of St Brynach
The Norman Church of St Brynach is on the site of St Brynach’s 6th century “clas”, an important ecclesiastical centre. At the time when it is said that Dyfed had seven bishops, this was probably the seat of one. Except for the castellated tower, perilously undercut by the adjacent river Caman, most of the original Norman structure of the present building has been rebuilt. The church and churchyard are remarkable for the Celtic Cross and several inscribed stones. (Read more here..)
Genealogy research in the area
There are many online research tools available for you to research your family history but in particular, Welsh records are quite predominant on the major websites. Conwy libraries have many old photographs, history books and newspaper articles to assist with your search and all have computer access. Colwyn Bay library offers a larger Archive Access Point, with much more information available on microfiche, such as census lists and Parish registers dating back to the 1890s.
There are many more churches near holiday parks in North Wales, for example, Whitehouse Leisure Park. In these days of modern technology the majority of them have their own website and some, even a Facebook page, where you can find regular updates of social gatherings, events and weekly service times and details.
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