St Brynachs, Nevern

Yampimon

Joined August 2010

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Named after St Brynach of Pembrokeshire who founded a place of worship here in the 5th century. The church was on the pilgrimage route to St. David’s. It has a post-Norman tower. The 13ft high, 10th-11th century patterned Celtic cross (in the churchyard) is notable among the collection of 6th century engraved Celtic memorial stones (one is carved with Latin and Ogham writing) and a pilgrim’s cross.

Eight old yews, thought to be about 600 years old, intertwine to form a dark and sombre tunnel leading from the church gate to the door of the church.
One of these trees is known as The Bleeding Yew ‘bleeds’ an unidentifiable red liquid that has baffled scientists and arborists for years. The liquid trickles down the bole and as it does it congeals and blackens. According to legend, a monk was hung from the tree and it has bled ever since. The man declared his innocence and as he did so proclaimed that: “If you hang me guiltless as I am, the tree will bleed for me”. The legend also states that the tree will continue to bleed until a Welshman sits on the throne in Nevern.

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