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Church of Our Lady of Penrhys

A Grade II Listed Building in Ferndale, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.6565 / 51°39'23"N

Longitude: -3.4431 / 3°26'35"W

OS Eastings: 300266

OS Northings: 196288

OS Grid: ST002962

Mapcode National: GBR HL.6SRN

Mapcode Global: VH6D9.8MLH

Plus Code: 9C3RMH44+JP

Entry Name: Church of Our Lady of Penrhys

Listing Date: 20 November 1996

Last Amended: 20 November 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17659

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Prominently situated at the south end of Ferndale occupying a corner site on the main thoroughfare of the Rhondda Fach valley

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Ferndale

Community: Ferndale

Community: Ferndale

Built-Up Area: Ferndale

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Roman Catholic Church built 1912 and financed by Miss M Davies of Llantrisant following refurbishment of shrine at Penrhys some 3.2 kilometers distant. Name of architect unknown. Beams from Penrhys Farm were inserted in the church after its construction but were later removed. The wooden statue of Our Lady in S aisle was installed at the time of building 'as a replica of the ancient statue of Penrhys'.


Arts and Crafts Gothic. Mostly roughcast finish with rubble stone plinth and pilasters and Welsh slate roof. Single storey to roadside left and because of slope two storeyed to right with meeting rooms on ground floor below church. Nave has 4 bays with single narrower bay to chancel; S aisle to nave and chancel consists of 4 bays with 3 separate cross gabled roofs and the SE chapel bay forming a cross wing; at W a porch and baptistry at NW end of nave. Windows with mostly replaced glazing are single wide pointed arched lights with sillband beneath and separated by pilasters in nave; lancets to chancel and at W. W gable end elevation has 3 small lancets at apex surmounted by a turret incorporating a cross with metal cross finial above and with saddleback roofed chimney to left; pitched roof to porch extends left into a polygonal roof over baptistry with lancet windows; pointed arched west entrance doorway. S two storey elevation has segmental arched windows with replaced glazing and similar doorways on ground floor. E end, pebbledashed, retains original glazing of coloured glass quarries in triple lancets. Iron railings with gates extend round W, S and SE.


Stained timber roof consists of alternating scissor brace and tie beam trusses to nave and cross gables to south aisle. Pointed arched openings to door, windows and arcade are all without mouldings or capitals. East end partly refurbished in 1970s retains decorative wood and iron communion rail. Nave furnished with pine benches; quarry tiled central nave aisle and parquet elsewhere.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual distinctively Arts and Crafts small church which notwithstanding changes to glazing has retained much of its original character.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Penuel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel
    On the main thoroughfare through Ferndale, a continuation of High Street
  • II Trehondda Welsh Independent Chapel
    In a dominant position on a corner of the main valley thoroughfare at the N end of High Street at its junction with Strand. Formerly adjacent to the now demolished Workmen's Hall.
  • II Welfare Hall
    On the main Rhondda Fach thoroughfare near the centre of the community.
  • II Tyntyla Farmhouse
    Sited high above mountain road from Ystrad to Rhondda Fach. Platform site set into hillside with agricultural range attached to downhill gable of farmhouse.
  • II The Star PH
    In a very prominent position at the junction of the main Valley thoroughfare and the mountain road to the Rhondda Fach via Penrhys in the locality of Gellidawel.

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