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Hen Gapel, including walls and railings to forecourt

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanuwchllyn, Gwynedd

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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

Plus Code: 9C4RV879+V4

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

Also known as: Hen Gapel, including walls and railings to forecourt

ID on this website: 300017919

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


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.


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.

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