"Carreg Dyn y Cyrn"
Llanbabo Church
('The Horned Man Stone')

by Arf Roberts

Llanbabo Church near Llyn Alaw

Llanbabo Church near Llyn Alaw

Good evening Wil

So you are still searching for the Devil's stone at Llanbabo Church.

You are not alone. So am I, but I very much doubt if we will ever find it.

Many of my ancestors on my mothers side of the family are interred in the small graveyard at Llanbabo.

My grandfather Richard (Dick) Jones was born in 1900 and lived with his family at Tyn-Lan the now derelict house on the opposite side of the road to the church and were heavily involved in the up-keep of the church and its grounds.

It is also stated by family members past and present that a tapestry once hung on one of the inside walls of the church. The names of first born children embroided onto it.

My aunt Elizabeth's name being the last added, also a historic Bible was donated to the church by the family - the whereabouts of both the tapestry and the Bible are now a mystery.

Returning to the devil's stone. When I was a child in the early 1960's one of my grandfather's many stories was about "Carreg Dyn y Cyrn" ('The Horned Man') as he called it.

My grandfather never revealed its location in the church grounds but would stress that only the sharp eyed would detect it and that some things are not what they seem.

My grandfather died in 1990 at the age of 90 and will always be remembered as the first RAC Patrolman on Anglesey.

A photograph of him, complete with motorcycle, sidecar and in full uniform, exists in the Valley Hotel showing him directing traffic at Valley crossroads.

If you do come across the stone of the horned man please let me know.

Kind regards,

Arf Roberts

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Llanbabo Church
('The Horned Man Stone')

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Feb 27, 2011
The Wealth of Family History
by: Wil

Annwyl Arf

Indeed I am still looking for the Devil?s Stone at Llanbabo Church and have searched the walls and all.

How intriguing, ?things may not be what they seem?.

I did suspect that it was a mistaking for the faces around the church door. I had actually thought that it was purely symbolic reaching back to times of great religious fear.

There again, I remember reading a piece in Herald Môn a few years back by Tudur Jones who indicated that the stone is there somewhere. Your grandfather?s stories clearly support this.

Thank you so very much for your Family Story about the gifted Bible and Tapestry. Maybe other readers will be able to assist. You never know.

I was in the Valley Hotel a few weeks back and once again looked at the photograph that I now know to be your grandfather. I frequently reflect on how busy the A5 was through Valley in past days and how reassuring to see your grandfather there.

Thank you for making that little portion of my world that bit bigger. The power of family stories and anecdotes is so culturally valuable.

Please do get in touch again if you have family to share with us all.

Warmest regards to you and your family


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