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Merthyr Christian Centre

A Grade II Listed Building in Town (Y Dref), Merthyr Tydfil

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Latitude: 51.7469 / 51°44'48"N

Longitude: -3.3746 / 3°22'28"W

OS Eastings: 305197

OS Northings: 206247

OS Grid: SO051062

Mapcode National: GBR HN.15W4

Mapcode Global: VH6CY.GCB6

Plus Code: 9C3RPJWG+Q5

Entry Name: Merthyr Christian Centre

Listing Date: 16 October 1978

Last Amended: 13 January 1988

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11426

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Also known as: Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue

ID on this website: 300011426

Location: On an elevated site against the hillside with gabled front closing the view up Church Street.

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Town (Y Dref)

Community: Town

Locality: Thomastown

Built-Up Area: Merthyr Tydfil

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Synagogue Gothic Revival

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Built as a Synagogue, 1872-5, in heavy Northern Gothic style.


Snecked rubble facings with ashlar bands and dressings; slate roofs with red tiled ridges and finials. Crowning gable with polygonal finials and narrow louvred openings. 5-light window with lancets and blocked lights over 3-storey transverse n ex. Narrow entrance gable, with plate-traceried window under scissor-braced bargeboards, flanked by two 2-storey polygonal staircase turrets with conical roofs on eaves brackets, narrow windows with stone lintels. Double flight of steps with stone piers, iron balustrade (partly missing) and iron lamp standards rises to gabled doorway with dripstone.

Reasons for Listing

Included primarily for historic interest as the oldest remaining Synagogue building in Wales.

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