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St Paul's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.771 / 52°46'15"N

Longitude: -3.7855 / 3°47'7"W

OS Eastings: 279641

OS Northings: 320764

OS Grid: SH796207

Mapcode National: GBR 64.YJY2

Mapcode Global: WH67N.TML0

Plus Code: 9C4RQ6C7+CR

Entry Name: St Paul's Church

Listing Date: 26 May 1995

Last Amended: 26 May 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16037

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located 250m SE of the Afon Wnion and the A 494 in its own churchyard, at the end of a lane in the centre of Bryn-Coed-Ifor.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)

Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth

Locality: Bryn-Coed-Ifor

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Small mid C19 church in restrained Early English style. By Henry Kennedy, architect of Bangor, whose plans and elevation sare dated April 1846; these show transepts which were neverexcecuted.


Rubble with sandstone dressings and steeply-pitched slate roofs with decorative ridge-tiles; overlapping coping stones to gable parapets with diminutive cusped gablets at wall plate level. Set-back, stepped buttresses and continuous moulded plinth; carved stone crosses to E gables of nave and chancel. Stepped and gabled W end bellcote with plain celtic cross and 4-centred-arched bell opening. 2 narrow lancets to W end flanking a tall, central stepped buttress. Steeply-gabled S porch with surmounting cross as before. Pointed-arched entrance with roll and dog-tooth mouldings; bell capitals and shafts with moulded bases and moulded label with foliate carving to stops. Stopped-chamfered inner arch with contemporay plain iron gates; trefoil decoration. Squat trefoil lights, splayed and with triangular inner arches to porch sides. Plain chamfered entrance with decorative ironwork to the door; counterchanged red/black tiles to floor. Flanking the porch, 2 further lancets, that to the L with a small boarded door beneath (to sexton's store). Beyond that to the R a 2-light ogee-headed window. 3 lancets as before to N side of nave.

Stepped-down chancel with continuous moulded string course which steps up beyond a stepped buttress to the E and continues around the E end and N side. 2 smaller lancets to the L of the buttress with cusped heads and labels with foliate stops. Further, wider window towards E end. Plain E window with 3 lights and 3 oculi, a later replacement; moulded label stopped with carved heads. Contemporary vestry adjoins N side detailed as before withentrance to E gable; boarded door with ironwork and foliate stopsto label. Plain chimney arising out of a corner buttress at NW. Later brick boiler lean-to in extruded corner.


5-bay aisless nave with arch-braced collar truss roof,the long chamfered braces of which are carried on decorativecorbels springing below wall-plate level. Splayed windows with4-centred arched heads. Simple contemporary grained pine pews;plain octagonal font and quarry tiled floor. Good figurativestained glass throughout church, c.1895. Early C20 rood screenand pulpit in Arts and Crafts Perpendicular, in memory of Charles E. Jones-Owen of Hengwrt Ucha. Open tracery to upper section with carved bosses to cornice showing the Instruments of the Passion.
Dado with linenfold and plain panelling. To the N a pulpit projection with decoration as before and carved foliate cornice. Beyond this a carved dedication inscription in Welsh, in raised lettering. 2 carved trumpeting angels flank the entrance to the stepped-up chancel. These are on carved foliate corbels,with tracery canopies above. Scissor-truss roof to chancel and stained glass as before, that to the E window especially fine. Plain mosaic floor with Welsh inscriptions and decorative symbols in front of the raised altar. Plain oak choirstalls and post-War reredos and altar frontal. Fine marble mural monument on N wall in memory of the Reverend Evan Charles Owen, first incumbent of the church; by J. Edwards, sculptor of London, 1868, and depicting an angel in relief holding a palm branch. Arched entrance with oak door and ironwork to N, leading to a small vestry.
A restrained, well balanced mid C19 church with interesting roof design and good early C20 rood screen.

Reasons for Listing

Group value with the lychgate.

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  • II* Lychgate at St Paul's Chruch
    Facing the lane on the SE side of the churchyard.
  • II Felin Newydd
    Situated approximately 1km SW of Rhydymain at the northern-most end of Bryn-Coed-Ifor, between the main road and the Afon Wnion; set into a steep slope.
  • II Former Farmhouse at Felin Newydd
    Located approximately 1km SW of Rhydymain at the northern-most edge of Bryn-Coed-Ifor, between the main road and the Afon Wnion; set into the slope immediately up-hill from the water mill.
  • II Former Farmhouse at Cefn-Creuan-Uchaf
    Situated on a rise to the E of an unclassified road leading from Brithdir to Bryn-Coed-Ifor; at the end of a short farm track.
  • II Carleg
    Located 2km E of the Bont Newydd, on the roadside.
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  • II Pont Helygog
    Spanning the Nant Helygog about 3km E of Brithdir on the old course of the Roman road from Dolgellau to Bala (now a trackway).
  • II Helygog
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