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Attached former Minister's House

A Grade II Listed Building in Penmaenmawr, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2702 / 53°16'12"N

Longitude: -3.9154 / 3°54'55"W

OS Eastings: 272359

OS Northings: 376510

OS Grid: SH723765

Mapcode National: GBR 1Z3M.3F

Mapcode Global: WH544.T2PB

Entry Name: Attached former Minister's House

Listing Date: 3 November 1995

Last Amended: 3 November 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16517

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Set back slightly from the road at the junction with Graigllwyd Road; behind low copied and railed walls enclosing a partly-bedded, inclined forecourt.

County: Conwy

Community: Penmaenmawr

Community: Penmaenmawr

Built-Up Area: Penmaenmawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Dated 1867; built as a Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, though converted to a Catholic church this century.


Belongs to a group comprising the Roman Catholic Church of the Lady of the Rosary and attached former Minister's House, Penmaenmawr.

5 bay rectangular chapel of snecked rubble with Penmaenmawr granite dressings; shallow hipped slate roof. 3-bay symmetrical facade with Tuscan giant order columns supporting a Classical entablature with modillion treatment; coped parapet with 4 spaced ball finials relating to the orders below. The frieze is inscribed: ‘Domus Dei et Porta Coeli’ (Gen xxviii.17). A central raised cartouche surmounts the parapet, bearing the date 1867; plain iron cross above. Central entrance within a plain, full-height arched recess and with moulded architrave and plain bracketed entablature; recessed 8-panelled double doors. Flanking windows above moulded cill-course, with moulded and pedimented architraves; multi-pane sash windows with marginal glazing. 5 similar, though un-pedimented windows to the long sides of the chapel, with projecting stone cills. Wooden bracketing to oversailing eaves.

Adjoining to the rear and set back slightly behind a dwarf walled forecourt is the former minister’s house. Construction as before with hipped roof and oversailing, bracketed eaves. Near-symmetrical 3-bay front with central recessed entrance; part-glazed boarded door. To the L a large contemporary recessed sash window, of 4 panes with marginal glazing; projecting slate cill. To the R of the entrance part-glazed modern double doors (boarded up), formerly a window as before. 3 further, similar sashes to the first floor. To the rear, a contemporary service lean-to extension with a modern flat-roofed extension beyond. Squat stock brick chimney with one contemporary ceramic pot.


The interior was not accessible at the time of inspection (July 1995).

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good mid-Victorian chapel with a well-balanced facade.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Roman Catholic Church of the Lady of the Rosary
    Set back slightly from the road at the junction with Graigllwyd Road; behind low copied and railed w
  • II Church of St Seiriol
    Towards the eastern edge of Penmaenmawr, on a narrow road above the main street
  • II Gladstone Monument
    Located on an island at the cross-roads with Paradise Road, immediately N of the main street, Pant-y
  • II Penmaenmawr Railway Station
    Located at the N edge of the town at the bottom of Paradise Road.
  • II Brynmor
    Located in the centre of the town at right-angles with the street, and facing E behind a rubble gard
  • II Brynmor Cottage
    Located in the centre of the town at right-angles with the street, and facing E behind a rubble gard
  • II Primary Barn at Graiglwyd Farmhouse
    Located approximately 1.5km S of Penmaenmawr, overlooking the town on a hillside site immediately to
  • II Horeb Capel
    Located in the centre of Dwygyfylchi, some 2km E of Penmaenmawr; on the street line

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