Here’s another interesting village church with a long history. 15th Century in origin with a crypt below housing Yale family tombs and it also has a direct connection with Yale University in America. Elihu Yale was its main benefactor and his family home was at nearby Plas-yn-Iâl. He is buried in Wrexham Church graveyard. The tower of Yale University is a copy of Wrexham Church steeple (one of the Seven Wonders of Wales).
There is a very interesting inscription on his tomb stone at Wrexham. It reads: “Born in America, in Europe bred, In Africa travelld, and in Asia wed. Where long he liv’d and thriv’d: in London dead. Much good. some ill, he did; so hope all’s even, And that his soul thro’ mercy’s gone to Heaven. You that survive and read this tale, take care, For this most certain exit to prepare: Where blest in peace, the actions of the just Smell sweet, and blossom in the silent dust.”
There are lots of good walks from Bryneglwys, one will take you over the mountain to Glyndyfrdwy, another to the Horseshoe Pass.
The church was once lit with electricity from one of the earliest hydroelectric generators operated from a stream near the Vicarage, some distance from the church. An ancient carved slab which came from Valle Crucis Abbey is set into the chapel floor. The church is built on a mound which juts out into the valley and it is set apart on the edge of the village - a beautiful and contemplative site.
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