Following on from last week’s post about the Belgian Promenade, as you walk across the causeway on to Church Island you’re met by this amazing tree and the stone plaque that goes with it.
Despite the plaque over the fabulous old door of the church, dedicated to the Celtic Saint Tysilio, this stone church was built in the 1400s. Restorations were carried out in the late 19th century.
The younger son of the King of Powys, Tysilio turned his back on life at his father’s court and chose religion and the church. He left Powys and settled on Church Island where he founded a retreat in 630 AD. After several years he returned to Powys as an Abbot. When his brother died and his sister-in-law wanted him as her husband and king, Tysilio refused and was persecuted. Leaving Powys for Brittany he founded a monastery at St Suliac. He died shortly after and was buried there.
Unfortunately the church was locked when we visited, so no images from inside.