Stained glass beauty in the heart of Flintshire
Llanasa Church’s origins are in the 6th century, when St Asaph is said to have founded a church on this site. The one standing here today is dedicated to St Asaph and St Kentigern (Cynderyn) and was built in the 15th century. Indeed, the connection to St Asaph goes deeper - it is thought that his relics were originally placed in the church before being moved to St Asaph Cathedral in 1281.
Not surprisingly, the perpendicular style church has undergone restoration since its medieval construction. During a major restoration in 1877, it gained a new roof, windows and south porch. Many earlier features can still be seen, including the 14th century tomb of Owain Glyndŵr’s father, Gruffydd Fychan, and a pulpit from the 17th century. The east window may have come from nearby Basingwerk Abbey, a surviving remnant after Henry VIII ordered the destruction of monasteries in 1536.
The church contains several beautiful stained glass windows. On the east wall of the south nave, the Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and St John dates to the 16th century but was restored in 1877. In the north nave, another restored 16th century window shows St Catherine alongside St James and St Laurence. The north nave also contains some modern stained glass art including Molly Kettlewell’s 1979 depiction of St Barnabas.