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Wesley Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Carew, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.6986 / 51°41'54"N

Longitude: -4.8272 / 4°49'37"W

OS Eastings: 204718

OS Northings: 203764

OS Grid: SN047037

Mapcode National: GBR GB.S0P7

Mapcode Global: VH2PJ.8KXR

Entry Name: Wesley Chapel

Listing Date: 14 May 1970

Last Amended: 6 February 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 5940

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In Carew village, at the E side of the road approaching Carew Bridge. The Chapel stands back from the road behind a high wall with gatepiers and wrought-iron gates.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Carew (Caeriw)

Community: Carew

Locality: Carew Village

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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A Methodist congregation met in houses in Carew from the time of Wesley's visit in 1763. Before building their present chapel they met in a barn 150m N of Carew Bridge, which was probably the meeting house said to have been established in 1813. The present chapel was built in 1852. It was given a two-storeyed elevation in preparation for a gallery, but no gallery was never built. In 1883 a large N wing was added to accommodate the Sunday School. The builder was Isaac Thomas, and it was opened by Mrs Lewhellin of Honey's Park. In the early years of the C20 new pews were installed in the chapel.


The front gable elevation faces W. The roof is of slate. Later wing at the N. The front and side elevations are rendered, and the ground storey at front is emphasised with rustication. The front is a simple two-storey elevation with a pediment. In the front pediment there is an oval tablet with the words 'Wesley Chapel 1852' in white letters on a black background. Three round-headed windows to the gallery storey, each a fixed light of 16 panes with the glazing bars interlaced in the arch above a transom. Each window has a render surround and a sandstone sill. The ground storey of the front elevation has two similar windows but with 20 panes. There are central double-doors with a transom and similar interlacing above. In the side walls there are two full-height windows (one at N is concealed by the later school wing).


Large room with an entrance porch and a full-width sanctuary. The sanctuary is raised by two steps. Behind the altar table there is a small curtained recess with a moulded elliptical head. Oak table. Pine communion rails. Pews arranged in three blocks. Simple plaster cornice and decorative foliage features in the ceiling at the hanging points of the lights.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a fine rural chapel of the sub-classical phase with a characteristic two-storey elevation of restrained design.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II No 1 & 2
    In Carew village, adjacent to the Carew Inn. There is a white-painted stone wall at the front with a slate coping and neat iron railings, and two large gate-piers.
  • II Carew Inn
    At the junction of the village main street and the A4075. At the front are cast-iron railings on a high plinth wall of rubble masonry.
  • II Old Stable Cottage
    In a mid position in the row attached at the E of the Carew Inn.
  • II Castle Entrance Gatepiers and Old Cobbler's Shop
    At the entrance to Carew Castle, nearly opposite to the Carew Inn.
  • II Castle Lodge
    In a mid position in the row attached at the E end of the Carew Inn. There is a later rubble-stone wall at the front with gatepiers and an iron gate.
  • II No. 5 Picton Terrace,,,Carew Village,Tenby,,SA70 8SL
    At the E end of the row which is attached to Carew Inn. Small forecourt with rubble masonry walls returning at the left to a wide gateway with stone piers.
  • II Telephone Call-box
    On the road-side, opposite Picton Terrace, in the centre of the village.
  • I The Carew Cross
    In Carew village, in a small roadside enclosure taken from Castle Green opposite the Carew Inn.

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