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| Eglwys St. Aelhaearn Church Llanaelhaearn |
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|Description ||Llanaelhaearn church - standing stone? This stone has carvings in roman lettering running down the side of the stone.|
|According to "Welsh Saints - Breverton, the stone reads ELMETIACO HIC IACET, which indicates contact with the British kingdom of Elmet in South Yorks.
Beuno used to walk into a cold river to pray. Apparently Aelharean, a servant, came up behind him, and not knowing who it was Beuno called up a pack of wild animals to kill him, which they did tearing his body to pieces. Of course Beuno put the body back together again but missed out an eyebrow, which he replaced with the iron tip of his staff - hence the "the iron eye brow" - Aelhaearn. Always inventive these welsh tales.
It also says that there is near Llanaelhaern the Glasfryn Standing Stone..|
|Great story, Mishkin! Thanks for that.|
|Inscribed stones of this type date from the 5th to 7th centuries and perhaps earlier. This period is often called "The Age of Saints" and it is thought that the diocesan structure of the late Roman empire survived in those parts of Wales and northern Britain which were least affected by incoming Anglo-Saxons. I'm not sure about the Elmet connection. |
|Maybe this is the explanation;-
. . in Campodonum, where there was then a villa regia, he (Paulinus) built a church which was afterwards burnt down, together with the whole of the buildings, by the heathens who slew King Edwin. In its stead, later kings built a dwelling for themselves in the region known as Loidis. The altar escaped from the fire, because it was of stone, and is still preserved in the monastery of the most reverend abbot and priest Thrythwulf, which is in the forest of Elmet".
This place was probably burnt down in 633 ad by Penda, a Mercian and pagan. Perhaps the person buried here fled from persecution of christians by the pagans.... |
| I have the inscription of this stone as "ME.LI.TV[S]" or "Melitus lies here" Not sure where the stone with "ELMETIACO HIC IACET" is on the site, but I'd love to find it!|
| Aye, the Man of Elmet stone is within the church building...|
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