The Displacement of the Church of Llanfihangel Geneu'r Glyn, Displacement of Church in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Llandre Wales
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Title: The Displacement of the Church of Llanfihangel Geneu'r Glyn


The traveller who has gone to Aberystwyth by the Cambrian Line has, most probably, noticed on the left hand side, shortly after he has left Borth, a small church, with a churchyard that enters a wood to the west of the church, the grave stones being seen among the trees. There is in connection with this church a legend much like those already given. I am indebted to the Rev. J. Felix, vicar of Cilcen, near Mold, for the following account of the transaction. It was intended to build Llanfihangel Church at a place called Glanfread, or Glanfread-fawr, which at present is a respectable farm house, and the work was actually commenced on that spot. But the portion built during the day was pulled down each night, until at last a Spirit spoke in these words:| Llanfihangel Ystrad, Glanfread-fawr gaiff fod fan hyn.| Which in English is as follows:| Llanfihangel Geneu’r Glyn, Glanfread-fawr shall stand herein.| The spirit was intimating that the church was to be built at Geneu’r Glyn, and that Glanfreadfawr farm house was to occupy the place where they were then endeavouring to build the church.  The prophecy, or warning, was attended to, and the church erection abandoned, but the work was carried out at Geneu’r Glyn, in accordance with the Spirit’s direction, and the church was built in its present position.


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