The parish church of Llanmaes is dedicated to St Cadoc (St Cattwg), and although the present building dates back to the 13th century it is of a much earlier Celtic foundation.
It is a Grade 2* listed building and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and western tower containing three bells. The chancel and nave are divided by a wooden screen, the surviving part of the original wooden rood screen. The massive Norman font is tub-shaped with roll mountings on the rim. On the north wall of the nave is a Medieval wall painting (see below). Llanmaes was noted in these parts for the long life of many of its inhabitants, and in the registers (dating from 1583) there are a number of people who are reputed to have lived to be more than a hundred years old!
Medieval wall painting
The painting was once thought to represent the story of the ‘Woman and the Dragon’ (from Revelation 12.1-9), but it has recently confirmed by the Courtauld Institute as being a late medieval depiction of St George and the Dragon, with the princess (apparently with long blonde hair) shown at the right, and her parents looking down at the scene from the building at top right. The rows of tassels form part of the horse’s trappings (one lot at the front, and the other over the hindquarters). while the remains at top left form part of the figure of the saint himself. At top left you can see his yellowish hair on either side of his head, and below a ‘shield’ with a red cross on either shoulder.The dragon lies at the bottom of the painting but all that is left is a forked tongue and a faint outline of spots amongst the stars of heaven! The black wavy lines probably represent the blood.
A regular Sunday service takes place at St Cattwg’s Church, Llanmaes at 11.00 am (please check the Service Rota or contact the Parish Office on 01446 792439 for further details)