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|Description ||Showing the context of the standing stone at Corwen Church.|
At the church of St Mael and St Sulien in Corwen can be found a few features of interest. First is a standing stone built into the east side of the porch, the second is an allegedly cup marked stone forming the base of a 12th Century cross shaft to the south west side of the church building. The leaflet for Corwen Town Trail (Exploring Corwen produced by Denbighshire County Council Tourism Dept 2004) notes the stone as possibly 9th Century.
Initially, I was disappointed that I could not enter the church as the porch was padlocked. Usually one can access the porch of a church even if the main building is locked. Feeling cheesed off, I went to look around the outside, soon coming across the cross shaft with the claimed cup marks in the base. It had rained well through the morning, and some water remained in a few of the depressions of the stone, conveniently highlighting their presence.
Having taken a number of photos, I went back to the porch, trying to work out if I could see anything of the standing stone. Pushing my hand through the bars, and inverting the camera, a few shots showed nothing. So close yet so far, I thought. Anyway, heading around the course of the porch, I spotted a silhouette standing proud of the main brick work. Great! This is "The Pointed Stone in the Icy Nook". About 5 feet 8 tall above ground, at an angle, and indeed tapering into a point. The stone is not visible within, but only on the outside.
Nearest parking is on the north side of the A5 a few minutes away off Green Lane. The church can be accessed by crossing the road a little to the west of the Owain Glyndwr monument. The church is high off the south side of the A5.
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