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Hen Gapel, including walls and railings to forecourt

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8647 / 52°51'52"N

Longitude: -3.6822 / 3°40'56"W

OS Eastings: 286850

OS Northings: 331016

OS Grid: SH868310

Mapcode National: GBR 69.RD11

Mapcode Global: WH67B.D8S6

Entry Name: Hen Gapel, including walls and railings to forecourt

Listing Date: 12 April 1996

Last Amended: 31 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17919

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: To the N of minor road from A 494 (near Llanuwchllyn) to Dolhendre, about 600m from junction with A 494.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bala

Community: Llanuwchllyn

Community: Llanuwchllyn

Locality: Dolhendre

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Built in 1871, replacing chapel of 1810, itself a rebuilding of chapel of 1746.

Exterior

Large chapel in eclectic Victorian Renaissance style. Gabled front in snecked grey stone with bathstone dressings; rubble sides and rear, slate roof. Classical treatment of gabled front as pedimented facade with Tuscan pilasters, keystoned 'glorification arch' breaks up into pediment; geometric finial with surmounting obelisk. The outer bays have tall keystoned arched windows with simple tracery; to centre, central bay divided by pilaster; 2 keystoned arched windows at upper level below which are 2 keystoned arched entrance doorways, camber-headed double-leaf doors with simple tracery in overlights. Above the entrances are inset sandstone dedication plaques giving name, Yr Hen Gapel and foundation dates, 1746, 1810 & 1871. The east (R) elevation has 4 tall arched windows. The rear has 2 tall arched windows flanked by 2 arched windows at lower level. The west (L) elevation (rendered) has windows on 2 levels.

The chapel is set back from the lane behind a forecourt with low rubble walls having tooled sandstone copings and surmounting decorative railings; central iron gates with slender iron piers and surmounting finials.

Interior

Almost unaltered interior has boarded and panelled ceiling. Gallery on 3 sides supported on iron columns; balcony front with fretted ironwork. Set fawr with arched reredos. Pitch pine box pews.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as elaborate and well-preserved Victorian rural chapel, with earlier adjoining manse of c1810 retaining good late Georgian character.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ty'r Hen Gapel
    To N of minor road from A 494 (near Llanuwchllyn) to Dolhendre, about 600m from junction with A 494. Attached to L (W) of chapel and set back behind slab-coped rubble forecourt walls.
  • II Pont Lliw
    Spanning the Afon Dyfrdwy at the north-western approach to the village and carrying the main road.
  • II Werglodd Wen
    Located near the NW boundary of the community, approximately 500m SE of Caer Gai Roman camp and 1km N of Llanuwchllyn village; accessed from the main road via a lane running N.
  • II Prys Mawr
    Located approximately 0.5km W of Llanuwchllyn village, set back from the road and surrounded by mature trees; accessed via a track running W from the road.
  • II The Village Pump
    Set back from the road to the L on entering the village; raised up slightly on a square plinth of limestone setts.
  • II ,6,Church St,Llanuwchllyn,Bala,,LL23 7UA
    On the street-line, in the centre of the village.
  • II Hen Dy'r Ysgol
    Prominently sited at right angles to the road to the NW end of the village facing towards the junction with the A494. Village pump to the front.
  • II Rhydloew
    On the street-line, in the centre of the village.

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