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Bont Dolgadfan Independent Chapel, with railed forecourt

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanbrynmair, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5888 / 52°35'19"N

Longitude: -3.6443 / 3°38'39"W

OS Eastings: 288699

OS Northings: 300267

OS Grid: SH886002

Mapcode National: GBR 9B.9Z8Z

Mapcode Global: WH68P.Z6R6

Plus Code: 9C4RH9Q4+G7

Entry Name: Bont Dolgadfan Independent Chapel, with railed forecourt

Listing Date: 31 January 1997

Last Amended: 31 January 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18121

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located near the centre of Bont Dolgadfan, beside the road leading to Ty-gwyn farm. The chapel is set lengthwise and above the road, behind its railed forecourt set on the retaining wall.

County: Powys

Community: Llanbrynmair (Llanbryn-mair)

Community: Llanbrynmair

Locality: Bont Dolgadfan

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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A daughter chapel of Hên Gapel at Dol-fâch built c.1820 to serve the rapidly increasing congregation at Bont Dolgadfan.


Constructed of large squared blocks of local stone, with an old slate roof. Long-front plan with doors at each end, each 4-panelled under a depressed 4-centred arch of stone voussoirs. Between the doors, two tall 40-pane sash windows with old glass and similar stone arched heads. To the rear, 35-paned windows. The lower S gable is now clad in corrugated iron. The forecourt railings are of cast iron with fleur terminals, set on the front coursed local stone retaining wall, with a central matching gate between the returned ends of the wall.


Timber lobbies cover each entrance. Five rows of pews set on a shallow rake facing the pulpit between the front windows. Pulpit is simply panelled and has a panelled back, and enclosed box seats either side backing on to the lobbies. Matchboard dado around the plastered walls, and bench seat. The ceiling is boarded, divided into 2 square panels by deep moulded ribs leading to the central roundel, very similar to that at Hên Gapel.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good example of a simple early C19 village chapel, retaining its original forecourt setting.

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