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St Catherine's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7122 / 52°42'44"N

Longitude: -4.0063 / 4°0'22"W

OS Eastings: 264563

OS Northings: 314618

OS Grid: SH645146

Mapcode National: GBR 8W.266M

Mapcode Global: WH56T.F3G2

Entry Name: St Catherine's Church

Listing Date: 1 February 1995

Last Amended: 1 February 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 15583

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set back slightly from the road in a rubble-walled churchyard adjacent to Bont Arthog.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Early C19 chapel with later C19 and early C20 alterations. Richard Fenton, the traveller and antiquarian, described it in 1808 as `a new chapel of ease to Celynin.'

Exterior

Small, simple single-cell chapel of rubble with medium pitched slate roof. 3 large arched leaded windows to S side with simple tripartite wooden tracery with geometric tracery heads, that to the R with blocked entrance beneath. Similar window to E wall with 2 quatrefoils above 3 cusped lancets. Plain pedimented rubble bell-cote to W gable with arched head to opening. Simple single-storey gabled porch with simply-kneelered slate-coped parapets and stone cross at apex; arched entrance with stone seat and 2 boarded doors within, one to nave and one, off to N giving
access to internal gallery. This is via an added gabled stair projection, slightly set back from and adjoining the porch to the N; Slit-window to ground floor with arched leaded lancet above. Above the porch on the W wall, a plain leaded oculus. Gabled late C19 vestry addition to N wall with depressed arched window containing 2-light wooden mullion with shaped, arched lights. Adjoining this to the L and set back slightly a wider gabled projection of snecked rubble; an early C20 boiler house; flat, buttress-like chimney against the N wall of the chapel.

Interior

Simple 4-bay queen strut roof; plain tiled floor. Continuous nave and chancel; plain early C20 pews and simple wooden W gallery. C20 biblical texts painted in panels beneath wall plate. Earlier (C18) oak turned altar rails and arched panelled dado to chancel; tripartite wooden retable in simple Gothic style. Square panelled pulpit. Figurative stained glass to E window commemorating Thomas Taylor of Penmaenucha and Arthog, d. 1876. Early C20 wall tablets.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a charming and unusual early C19 chapel in a prominent road-side position.

Group value with Bont Arthog.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bont Arthog (also known as Pont Pwll-Arthog)
    Spanning the Afon Arthog immediately to the E of St. Catherine's Church.
  • II Y Bont
    On the roadside, slightly below the present road level, immediately to the NW of Bont Arthog.
  • II Y Bont
    On the roadside, slightly below the present road level, immediately to the NW of Bont Arthog.
  • II Y Bont
    On the roadside, slightly below the present road level, immediately to the NW of Bont Arthog.
  • II Efallon (also known as Lodge Fach)
    Located at the side of the road, just SW of the entrance to the drive to Arthog Hall.
  • II Ty'n-y-Coed
    Raised up behind the main road and overlooking Arthog and the Mawddach estury in its own wooded and
  • II Arthog Hall
    Set against the hillside on a plateau with broad open views across the Mawddach estury; reached via
  • II Attached Cottage to SW of Arthog Hall
    Set against the hillside on a plateau with broad open views across the Mawddach estury; reached via

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