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Church of St Curig

A Grade II* Listed Building in Capel Curig, Conwy

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Coordinates

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

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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History

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.'

Exterior

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.

Interior

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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