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Moriah Methodist Chapel, Llanystumdwy

Description: Moriah Methodist Chapel

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 24 October 1991
Cadw Building ID: 4624

OS Grid Coordinates: 247465, 338434
Latitude/Longitude: 52.9213, -4.2692

Location: Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0SH

Locality: Llanystumdwy
County: Gwynedd
Country: Wales
Postcode: LL52 0SH

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Listing Text

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.

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.

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

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.

Reason 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.

References
Jones J, Clough Williams Ellis, 1996, pp191, 193;
Williams-Ellis C, Architect Errant, 1971.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
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.

Source: Cadw

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