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Chapel at Bronllys Hospital

A Grade II Listed Building in Bronllys, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0066 / 52°0'23"N

Longitude: -3.2603 / 3°15'37"W

OS Eastings: 313588

OS Northings: 234987

OS Grid: SO135349

Mapcode National: GBR YV.HPYG

Mapcode Global: VH6BN.FTSM

Entry Name: Chapel at Bronllys Hospital

Listing Date: 21 June 1988

Last Amended: 15 December 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 7494

Building Class: Health and Welfare

Location: Situated in open ground to the west of Bronllys; the chapel lies to the south of the widely spaced pavilions making up the former tuberculosis sanatorium.

County: Powys

Community: Bronllys

Community: Bronllys

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

Originally planned as the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Sanatorium, the hospital, for 256 adults and 48 boys, was designed by Edwin T Hall and Stanley Hall, specialist hospital architects of London, and built in 1920, the chapel was erected with a gift of £5000 from Sir David R. Llewellyn Bt and H.Seymour Berry (later Lord Buckland of Bwlch) and dedicated in July 1920. Arts and Crafts style with Modern Movement influences.

Exterior

Exterior: Rendered and painted with Westmorland slate roof. The building is of cruciform plan with 2 bay nave, short raised chancel with square apse raised on a plinth and lower roof. Transepts, the S containing the organ chamber, with vestry and heating chamber below. W door is studded, with square lights, under a stone arch, the tympanum filled with herringbone masonry. Slightly battered buttresses with stone corbel heads form bays containing the triple light windows, iron frames, margin leaded, with sills of 3 courses of slate. North transept and E window are stepped triple lights with round stone arches. Boarded and studded doors also to E side of N transept. Tapered bell tower with a small pyramidal roof, the bell opening in the form of vertical slots. Oculus in the S transept gable.

Interior

Open roof formed of trusses to each bay and across the three sides of the crossing, the laminated timber trusses consisting of principal rafters, scissor rafters, collars and struts to the upper purlin, mostly doubled and forming an attractive network effect. Pulpit part-octagonal and symmetrical with reading desk, both accessed from sanctuary steps. Round arch opening to sanctuary. Parquet floor.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an impressive and well detailed building in a contemporary style for its period.

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