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Church of St Curig

A Grade II* Listed Building in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.1036 / 53°6'12"N

Longitude: -3.9156 / 3°54'56"W

OS Eastings: 271852

OS Northings: 357976

OS Grid: SH718579

Mapcode National: GBR 5Z.8HBH

Mapcode Global: WH54X.T8M2

Plus Code: 9C5R433M+CQ

Entry Name: Church of St Curig

Listing Date: 13 October 1966

Last Amended: 27 November 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3178

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated immediately W of the A 4086 (Capel Curig to Caernarfon road), on the S bank of the Afon Llugwy; approximately 300m NE of Plas-y-Brenin (the National Recreation Centre).

County: Conwy

Community: Capel Curig

Community: Capel Curig

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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An early site, the church was originally dedicated to Curig Lwyd and eventually to Cyriacus and (his mother) Juliet. During the Middle Ages it belonged to the Priory at Beddgelert; until 1848 the church formed a chapelry in the parish of Llandegai and was administered by the incumbant of Dolwyddelan. The present structure is probably C13 or C14, with a later S chapel, perhaps of the C15; all current openings, together with the bell-cote are C19. The church is the smallest and most vernacular in the district. It was described by a traveller in 1836 as being `scarcely larger or more commodious than a bathing machine' and he advised that `the church extension commissioners should take a microscope and look at it.'


Small L-shaped church of `double-square' nave and chancel plan, with added S chapel. Rubble construction, partly on a boulder plinth and incorporating some especially large stones, particularly at the corners. Out-of-character modern raised cement pointing; traces of former render are noticeable throughout. Plain late C19 slate roof with crude kneelers to the primary section and slightly finer ones to the S chapel. Blocked primary N entrance with shallow, low segmental arch to cyclopean slate-stone lintel. To the L are two 12-pane casement windows. 16-pane casement E window with a 12-pane window as before to the E wall of the S chapel, at L. Above the former window a slight raising of the roof line is discernable; further 12-pane casements to the W side of the chapel and the S wall of the nave. Blocked medieval window to S gable; of primitive lancet-type with slate-stone arch and reveals. Plain rectangular bell-cote with square bell opening and flate modern slate capping. Recessed modern oak door to W gable, with square frame and flate stone lintel. There is early scratch graffiti to the L of this entrance and also to the L corner of the S gable.

The church is set in a picturesque rubble-walled churchyard with mostly C18 and C19 tombs, including a group of railed Victorian grave plots.


Plain interior with 1.2m thick rendered walls and modern cement-flagged floor; deeply-splayed windows. Simple barrel-vaulted plaster ceilings with boxed, plastered ribs giving bay divisions; 2 bays to both nave and S chapel and a plastered groin vault above the chancel area. Early C19 panelled box pews of painted pine to nave and a contemporary octagonal pulpit to E wall; similar reading desk below. Pulpit stair with stick balusters, plain rail and columnar newel. Plain C20 oak altar rails to stepped-up altar plinth.

Reasons for Listing

Included at Grade II* for its Medieval origins.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pont-y-Capel
    Spanning the Afon Llugwy immediately N of Capel Curig church and carrying the A 4086.
  • II Agricultural Building at Royal Farm
    Faces N across the Afon Llugwy valley on the western edge of Capel Curig; situated just beyond the Pont-y-Capel road bridge, opposite Capel Curig church.
  • II Plas-y-Brenin, National Recreation Centre (formerly the Royal Hotel).
    Located on the roadside at the eastern end of the Llynnau Mymbyr and approximately 750m SW of the Capel Curig road junction.
  • II Hen Bont
    Spanning the Afon Llugwy across a dramatic wooded, rocky gorge, at the N end of Capel Curig village; approximately 50m N of the A 5 / A 4086 cross roads.
  • II Church of St Curig
    To W of A5 in churchyard above road. Opposite junction with A4086
  • II Milestone
    Situated on the roadside approximately .5km N of the Capel Curig road junction; set within a low rubble wall and partly submerged below the road level.
  • II Milestone
    Situated on the roadside approximately .6km NW of Pont Cyfyng.
  • II Milestone
    On the roadside in the Afon Llugwy valley some 3km NW of Capel Curig.; set against a low rubble wall

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