By AE, Oct 13 2020 08:54PM
October 13th is the feast of St Edward, more usually known now as King Edward the Confessor, who died in January, 1066. His death without any clear heir led to the dispute of the throne between Harold and William of Normandy, and the beginning of the Norman era at Hastings in 1066.
Edward was, then, King when the first church was consecrated in Llanbedr, in 1063. During building work in 2015 footings dug around the outside edge of the church revealed remnants of a Norman apse, or bowed wall which was characteristic of Norman churches built around that time. This suggests that the first church on the site was built by Normans, even though this was still three years before William's victory at Hastings. It is known, though, that Norman parties of soldiers were busy in the Welsh borders at around that time, and built other churches in a similar way. Two nearby are at Kilpeck and at Craswall, but the site at Llanbedr is the only one known, so far, in Wales.