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Bethel Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Dyffryn Arth, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.2519 / 52°15'6"N

Longitude: -4.2298 / 4°13'47"W

OS Eastings: 247883

OS Northings: 263868

OS Grid: SN478638

Mapcode National: GBR DK.09GM

Mapcode Global: VH3JL.MNQK

Plus Code: 9C4Q7Q2C+Q3

Entry Name: Bethel Chapel

Listing Date: 23 May 1996

Last Amended: 23 May 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17473

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated some 100m N of Aberarth Bridge, on W side of river, facing up Water Street.

County: Ceredigion

Community: Dyffryn Arth

Community: Dyffryn Arth

Locality: Aberarth

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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Calvinistic Methodist chapel built in 1848. Some alterations recorded in 1900, possibly the porches.


Roughcast rubble stone with slate bracket-eaved roof, and two iron ridge ventilators c1900. Broad lateral front of two big 24-pane main windows, 12-pane outer gallery lights over added gabled porches with ledged doors. Centre plaque: `Bethel Aber-arth Addoldy yr Trefnyddion Calfinaidd Adailadwywd yn y flwyddyn 1803 Ail adailadwyd yn y flwyddyn 1848'. Plain raised cement surrounds to openings and raised strips at outer angles.

Roughcast W end with 16-pane window. At NW angle added stable and coach-house, with ground floor window and door, loft window above. The loft has end-wall cart-entry, as built into bank. Yellow-brick heads to openings. E end has 16-pane ground floor window and boarded loft opening.


No galleries, raked interior with tightly packed painted-grained box pews, in six blocks radiating outwards from 5-sided passage around centre block of pews, which surround the great seat and pulpit. Pulpit with fretwork panelled front. Plain plastered walls and ceiling.

Reasons for Listing

The chapel is the principal building in Aberarth, an unusually closely-built village, and retains its character as a simple but spacious lateral-fronted chapel, still with original box-pews.

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  • II Felin Aberarth
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  • II Delfan
    Situated some 30m down lane from A 487 to Bethel Chapel, on W side, facing N.
  • II Telephone Call-box (01545 570241)
    Situated on W bank of the river Arth, just E of Delfan.
  • II Clifton
    Situated backing onto the low seaside cliff on the W bank of the Arth, the northernmost building on this side.
  • II Manteg
    Situated backing onto the low seaside cliff on the W bank of the Arth, the northernmost building on this side.
  • II Pont Aberarth and attached abutment walls
    Situated on A 487 in centre of village, crossing River Arth.
  • II Alicia
    Situated just SW of Aberarth Bridge on S side of main road, A 487.
  • II Laura
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