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Latitude: 53.0793 / 53°4'45"N
Longitude: -4.3141 / 4°18'50"W
OS Eastings: 245090
OS Northings: 356071
OS Grid: SH450560
Mapcode National: GBR 5G.B2HH
Mapcode Global: WH43L.PVWP
Entry Name: Lych-gate and churchyard wall at the Church of St Twrog
Listing Date: 30 September 1999
Last Amended: 30 September 1999
Source ID: 22418
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: The lych-gate stands on the south-east side of St Twrog's raised and roughly circular-shaped churchyard, which is surrounded and retained by the churchyard wall.
Traditional County: Caernarfonshire
The present church (1860) is by Henry Kennedy on the site of the medieval church. The lych-gate is certainly by him and those parts of the churchyard wall which adjoin it were rebuilt at the same period; most of the wall, however, appears to be earlier and probably of C18 date; certainly, the raised and circular shape of the churchyard suggests an ancient origin for the site as a whole.
Lych-gate of rock-faced rubblestone with ashlar dressings; slate roof. A tall cross-gabled building with stepped coping to gables, the front one of which has an elaborate iron cross to apex; smaller stone crosses to end gables. Front and rear gables have high pointed hollow-chamfered arches under hoodmoulds with carved label-stops, buttressed below; decorated iron gates to front arch and mock gun-loop above. Further stepped buttressing to corners of main structure with large head-stops to top from which cast-iron downpipes run down the sides of the buttresses.
Churchyard wall of irregularly coursed rubblestone with stone-on-edge coping to earlier parts, principally to north-east and south-west; rebuilt in similar stonework to that of lych-gate where it adjoins this structure.
Lych-gate has foliated corbels inside as springing for timber and plaster rib vaulting, much decayed at time of Survey.
Listed II* as a prominent and unusually flamboyant lych-gate and attached churchyard wall occupying a central position in the important mid-C19 planned Estate village of Llandwrog. While the churchyard is of ancient origin, the lych-gate forms an integral part of the C19 rebuilding of the church, and is an excellent example of unity of design creating a strong statement of High Victorian architectural and theological principles.
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