Trace the Latin inscriptions on mysterious medieval gravestones.
These fascinating stones stand in the parish church of St Tudclud, Penmachno. There are five altogether, one of which dates to the 13th century and claims to be that of Iorwerth Drwyndwn (Iorwerth Flatnose) the father of Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great), a famous prince of Gwynedd. The other four are far earlier and are thought to date from the 5th to 6th centuries.
The Latin inscription on one of these stones reads ‘CANTIORI HIC IACIT VENEDOTIS CIVE FVIT CONSOBRINO MAGLI MAGISTRAT’, which translates as ‘Here lies Cantiorix, citizen of Venedos, cousin of Maglos the Magistrate’. Venedos is the Celtic word for Gwynedd, and may represent an attempt by local people to translate it into Latin.
The inscription on another of the stones reads ‘CARAVSIVS HIC IACIT IN HOC CONGERIES LAPIDVM’, ‘Carausius lies here in this heap of stones’. This stone, which also features an early Christian Chi-Rho symbol, was found at a site known as Beddau Gwŷr Ardudwy, ‘Graves of the men of Ardudwy’.
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B4406 4 miles south of Betws y Coed
Betws y Coed - 4 miles
Bus stop at school, Llewelyn Street
On cycle route
Inscribed stones are inside church
Full Grid Reference: SH 789506
OS Landranger map sheet: 123
- Penmachno Inscribed Stones, Penmachno