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Moriah Methodist Chapel

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9216 / 52°55'17"N

Longitude: -4.2703 / 4°16'12"W

OS Eastings: 247468

OS Northings: 338437

OS Grid: SH474384

Mapcode National: GBR 5J.MTCH

Mapcode Global: WH44D.CTSL

Entry Name: Moriah Methodist Chapel

Location: The building is located at the centre of the village, set back from and below the road; opposite the Lloyd George Memorial Museum. The lawned churchyard has a low rubble boundary wall to the road.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Criccieth

Community: Llanystumdwy

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

Listing Date: 24 October 1991

Last Amended: 31 March 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Source ID: 4624

History

The chapel was built in 1936 to the design of Clough Williams-Ellis, creator of Portmeirion; it succeeded the original chapel, built in 1866 and damaged by fire.

Exterior

Built of local rubble with a slated roof, cement rendered to the apsidal ends, and having small slates to the roofs with deep boarded eaves and moulded cornice. Distinctive, symmetrical chapel design with long 2 3 2-window front, hipped roof and apsidal ends; tall, small-pane, metal-frame glazing and central bellcote over the gable. The bellcote has a swept pyramidal copper roof - the bell missing at time of inspection. The central 3-windows are round-headed and grouped together under a pediment which contains oval date plaque with flanking swags; outer windows are square-headed. The apsidal ends have high square small windows with triangular panes. The main entrance is at the left end with a pair of panelled, double-doors with semicircular steps. Half-glazed lean-to at left hand end and rear; rubble vestry to rear with three broad, small-pane, metal-frame windows and cement rendered chimney stack to centre. Behind this the main body of the chapel has 3-pane clerestory windows.

Interior

Simple rectangular interior with original furnishings including bowed front to the set fawr and stepped reredos behind pulpit.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an important example of the work of the notable C20 Welsh architect, Sir Clough Williams Ellis, a distinctive essay in classicism, elegantly composed and detailed.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Front Walls and Gates to Moriah Methodist Chapel
    The front walls to the grassed forecourt of Capel Moriah are on the S side of the main road through
  • II Caernarfon Gates and Gate Piers to Amgueddfa Lloyd George
    The gate piers and gates stand back from the pavement and immediately W of the museum, opposite Cape
  • II Tai Newyddion
    A row of four cottages alongside the village street, attached to Highgate on the right, and to the v
  • II Tai Newyddion
    A row of four cottages alongside the village street, attached to Highgate on the right, and to the v
  • II Tai Newyddion
    A row of four cottages alongside the village street, attached to Highgate on the right, and to the v
  • II Tai Newyddion
    A row of four cottages alongside the village street, attached to Highgate on the right, and to the v
  • II Tabernacl
    The Tabernacl, also called Capel Bach, lies back from the S side of the street past a row of two cot
  • II* Highgate
    The house is in a row on the NE side of the main street, E of the bridge.

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