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St David's Church, Llanddewi Brefi

The original Methodist chapel was built in 1770 and rebuilt as Bethesda Chapel in 1873.

A monastery, Coleg Beck, was established in 1287 by Esgob Beck and is said to have stood where Pebyll stands today. The path led worshippers to church in their white gowns through Cae Wenlli.

Bethlehem Chapel 1904 and the Village Hall were built by William Williams of Cefnbedd in 1931.

Schools were held in ‘Pistyllygwehydd’; a ‘British School’ in Bethesda Chapel Vestry and National Schools were held in buildings near Ty Gwyn and Graigwen.

LLyfr yr Ancr Llanddewi Brefi

An Anchorite or monk from Llanddewi Brefi copied manuscripts from his cell around the year 1346. “LLyfr yr Ancr Llanddewi Brefi” is a small, calf skin or vellum bound book, six and a half by four and a half inches in size. It is now forms part of the Celtic treasures of the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Based on extracts from ‘Yr Ancr’ magazine, research work completed by pupils of Ysgol Gynradd Llanddewi Brefi in the 1970’s and their Headmaster, the late Mr. Ben Richards.

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