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Lychgate to St Peter's Churchyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.858 / 51°51'28"N

Longitude: -4.3032 / 4°18'11"W

OS Eastings: 241483

OS Northings: 220217

OS Grid: SN414202

Mapcode National: GBR DG.T38D

Mapcode Global: VH3LH.CKDJ

Entry Name: Lychgate to St Peter's Churchyard

Listing Date: 19 May 1981

Last Amended: 28 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 9434

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated at NW entrance to churchyard.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Carmarthen

Locality: Church Lane

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Church lychgate of 1879, erected as a memorial to Reverend Latimer M. Jones, vicar 1863-1877. The design, by Francis E Jones of London, was selected by competition. He had been for 11 years in the office of Sir G.G. Scott, and the design is a good piece of later Victorian Gothic. Fine iron gates by T. Jones & Son, Carmarthen. The builder was Thomas David of Laugharne.

Exterior

Gabled Gothic lychgate in rock-faced squared red Runcorn sandstone, with ashlar dressings in same stone. Low raised plinth, pointed arch, ashlar-coped roof and Celtic cross finial. Low gabled buttresses at right angles each side. Arch has plain splayed sides with mouldings dying in, hoodmould with finial above and linked below to stringcourse. Another stringcourse over hoodmould under framed inscribed plaque in gable. Apex trefoil with arms of lion rampant. Lettering to plaque largely decayed, but commemorates Rev. Latimer Maurice Jones, and the erection of the lychgate by public subscription.
Elegant wrought iron gates within, rectangular grid with scrollwork and affixed LMJ plaques.
Inside, the ashlar roof has chamfered parallel ribs dying into sides, and rock-faced stone low walls.
E facade is similar but simpler with moulded arch dying into splayed side walls.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an ornate and well designed Victorian Gothic work, of group value with the church.

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