A Grade I listed treasure in peaceful Whitford
Whitford Church, overlooking a beautiful spot on the Dee estuary, is thought to have been founded by St Beuno in the 7th century. It is first documented as 'Widford' in Domesday Book in 1086. Now known as St Mary and St Beuno Church, it is a Grade I listed building.
Beuno was a priest who founded many churches and religious communities (known as clasau) in 7th century Wales. No building from his time survives but the north aisle is thought to be medieval, dating to the 14th or 15th century. Most of this perpendicular style church can be traced to Victorian era building work. Restoration work, including the rebuilding of the west tower, was carried out by architect Ambrose Poynter in the 1840s. This was paid for by Lord Edward Mostyn and Lady Emma Pennant, whose contribution is noted on a tablet on the north wall of the church.
Medieval and pre-19th century details can still be seen in and around the church. A 14th century sarcophagus and tomb fragments from the same period can be found inside, as well as a font from 1649. Archaeological excavations in 1993, along the west and north walls of the north aisle, uncovered 14 graves. See if you can find an early stone cross as you take a stroll around the churchyard.