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Former Unitarian Chapel

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

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Latitude: 51.7466 / 51°44'47"N

Longitude: -3.3757 / 3°22'32"W

OS Eastings: 305123

OS Northings: 206216

OS Grid: SO051062

Mapcode National: GBR HN.15MK

Mapcode Global: VH6CY.FCSD

Entry Name: Former Unitarian Chapel

Listing Date: 13 January 1988

Last Amended: 13 January 1988

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11457

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set in terraced row close to corner with Church Street.

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Town (Y Dref)

Community: Town

Locality: Thomastown

Built-Up Area: Merthyr Tydfil

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Dated Dec 1901 (foundation stones). Designed by E A John(ston) FRIBA, architect of Abergavenny and Merthyr; S Lumley, builder. Art Nouveau Gothic.


Elaborate set back gabled facade with overall porch on streetline. Red brick, pale freestone dressings including banding, red tile roofs. Tall parapeted gable with finials and traceried panelling. Gabled and panelled buttresses flank large 5-light sinuous traceried window.
1-storey, 5-bay porch with crenellated parapet, pilasters, raised lettering and date. Cavetto-moulded segmental arches with hoods on corbels; original railed and gated entrances with outer steps up to chapel, inner go down to former schoolroom. Arched Lower doorway under cornice with tablet flowers and shields, 3-light window over. Arched treatment to lean-to roofs over entrances.

4-bay chapel interior with short transepts. Tall "chancel arch" with brick infill and pilasters. Segmental side arches with polygonal concave-sided shafts and bases; foliage caps and bracket corbels to hammer-beam roof with arched braces and high collars with king-posts.

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  • II Primrose Hill
    Detached house at top end of Church Street where the road turns at right-angles into Bryntirion Road.
  • II Newton House
    Pair of terraced houses stepped in slope towards Church Street.
  • II Merthyr Christian Centre
    On an elevated site against the hillside with gabled front closing the view up Church Street.
  • II Former Miner's Welfare Hall
    Prominently sited on the way to Thomastown from High Street.
  • II Sunny Bank
    High above road behind walled garden.
  • II Bryn Heulog
    High above road behind walled garden.
  • II The Rectory
    Detached T-plan house set on hillside with road curving forward from right above.

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