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Church of Saint Deiniol

A Grade II Listed Building in Criccieth, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9202 / 52°55'12"N

Longitude: -4.2311 / 4°13'51"W

OS Eastings: 250099

OS Northings: 338193

OS Grid: SH500381

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.N4P7

Mapcode Global: WH44D.ZVCP

Plus Code: 9C4QWQC9+3H

Entry Name: Church of Saint Deiniol

Listing Date: 2 August 1949

Last Amended: 12 December 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4610

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set back from the main A497 road in a disused churchyard towards the centre of the town at Y Maes, and close to the junction with Lon Ednyfed.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Criccieth

Community: Criccieth (Cricieth)

Community: Criccieth

Built-Up Area: Criccieth

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Built 1884-7 as a chapel of ease to the Parish Church of Saint Catherine, to serve as an English Church for the growing resort. Designed by Douglas and Fordham, architects, of Chester, but never finished. The church closed for worship in 1988, and converted into flats in 1994.


Snecked dark rubble facings with red sandstone dressings including bands, slate roofs with red tiled cresting. Aisled nave with clerestory, S porch and N baptistery, short chancel, S transept balanced by N organ chamber and vestry. Western tower never built. Geometric Gothic style. Toothed masonry and blocked arch to the never-built W tower in W wall, with flanking buttresses; gabled bellcote on apex of gable above. Polygonal baptistery to NW. Plate traceried 2-light windows to clerestory, and paired wide lancet windows to low aisles, which are clasped between ramped buttresses. Gabled buttressed S porch. Splayed buttresses to transept, with ramped aprons to windows. Rich geometric traceried 7-light E window to chancel, and stepped lancet windows to N and S.


The original interior had a wide 6-bay nave with boarded wagon roof supported by false hammer-beam trusses and wind braces. Arcade of continuous low pointed arches (without capitals) to corridor aisles, and recessed clerestory windows above. High chancel arch sprung form corbels, and similar arches to either side of chancel. Boarded and ribbed chancel ceiling with arched braced trusses.

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  • II Nant y Felin
    Set back from the road immediately E of the Church of Saint Deiniol.
  • II Memorial Hall
    Set back from the main road and prominently sited on the E side of Y Maes.
  • II Penpaled
    Immediately SE of Capel Seion.
  • II Capel y Traeth
    Close to the upper end of Penpaled Road, near the level crossing.
  • II Hafod y Bryn
    Diagonally opposite the Church of Saint Catherine, where the lane turns to the E.
  • II Gates, Wall and Railings at Capel Seion
    Encloses 2 sides of a small forecourt in the front of Capel Seion.
  • II Rectory
    In grounds set back from the NE side of the open green of Y Maes, close to Holywell Terrace.
  • II* Church of St Catherine
    On the NE side of the town, where the lane turns to the E.

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