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Capel Gwynfryn

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanbedr, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8242 / 52°49'27"N

Longitude: -4.0831 / 4°4'59"W

OS Eastings: 259737

OS Northings: 327222

OS Grid: SH597272

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.V4MC

Mapcode Global: WH566.78XQ

Entry Name: Capel Gwynfryn

Listing Date: 29 October 2003

Last Amended: 29 October 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81989

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set back from the W side of the road which leads E off the A496 in the village of Llanbedr and runs through the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn; the chapel is at the NE end of the hamlet.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanbedr

Community: Llanbedr

Locality: Pentre Gwynfryn

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Mid C19 chapel, dated by a stone set in the gable apex of the entrance elevation which reads: CAPPEL / GWYNFRYN / 1861. The gallery is thought to have been added in late C19 or early C20.

The chapel was built to replace the first Calvinist Methodist Chapel in the hamlet, established in 1810.

Exterior

Chapel in simple Classical style. Built of grey rubble masonry with plinth course, stressed bathstone quoins and dressings; slate roof with stone copings and weathered finial at NE gable apex. Round headed doors and windows; architraves with keystones and imposts.

The entrance elevation faces SW, a pedimental gable with roundel in apex which bears the chapel name and date of construction. Two round-headed windows grouped towards the centre of the elevation have sash glazing. Flanking doorways have double-leaf panelled doors under semi-circular overlights. Lateral walls have 3 bays, each with windows as for entrance elevation; 2 similar windows to rear.

Interior

Entrance doors lead into small hallways with stairs leading up to gallery and doorways to main body of chapel; small vestry accessed through doorway in left hand hallway. The walls of the chapel have ashlar scoring over tongue and groove panelling. There is a moulded cornice to a plain ceiling with central moulded floriate rose. There are 3 ranks of pews, the central with central divider. The set fawr, opposite the entrance, has rounded corners to the panelled front under a shaped baluster course and moulded rail; side entrances have chamfered newel posts with squat banded globe finials. The pulpit is similar detailed with a dentilled course under the moulded cornice to the advanced front; to the rear of the pulpit is similarly detailed panelling. At the entrance end of the chapel is a gallery with panelled front on a dentilled course and shaped corbels; the entrance doors flank a pair of 6-pane frosted lights which illuminate the vestry beyond.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved mid C19 chapel on a prominent site in a riverside hamlet.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Telephone Call-box by Capel Gwynfryn
    Set back from the W side of the road which leads E off the A496 in the village of Llanbedr and runs through the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn; the chapel is at the NE end of the hamlet. The telephone box
  • II Gwynfryn House
    Set along the NW side of the road which leads E off the A496 in the village of Llanbedr and runs through the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn.
  • II House adjacent to Gwynfryn House
    Set along the NW side of the road which leads E off the A496 in the village of Llanbedr and runs through the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn.
  • II Pont Glyn-artro
    Spanning the Afon Artro at the NE end of the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn, carrying the country road which leads along the Afon Cwmnantcol valley.
  • II Aberartro Hall
    Set back within private grounds from the W side of the road which leads SE from the NE end of the village of Pentre Gwynfryn at Pont Glyn-Artro.
  • II Pont Aberartro
    Spanning the Afon Cwmnantcol close to the confluence with the Afon Artro at the NE end of the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn.
  • II Salem Chapel and caretaker's cottage
    Located in the Afon Artro Valley to the NE end of the hamlet of Pentre Gwynfryn, the chapel is set at right angles to a narrow country road leading to Cwm Nantcol.
  • II Coed Mawr
    In an isolated location along a private driveway which leads NW off the country road running along the W side of the Afon Artro Valley; c1km NE of Pentre Gwynfryn.

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