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Tan-y-Castell Monument

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolwyddelan, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.0533 / 53°3'11"N

Longitude: -3.9038 / 3°54'13"W

OS Eastings: 272492

OS Northings: 352365

OS Grid: SH724523

Mapcode National: GBR 60.CL5Z

Mapcode Global: WH554.0JB4

Plus Code: 9C5R333W+8F

Entry Name: Tan-y-Castell Monument

Listing Date: 17 February 1997

Last Amended: 17 February 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18255

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Sited prominently on the roadside, immediately to the NE of Tan-y-Castell.

County: Conwy

Community: Dolwyddelan

Community: Dolwyddelan

Locality: Dolwyddelan Castle

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Late C19 monument to the Jones brothers of Tan-y-Castell. The brothers, John (1796-1857), David (1805-1868), William (1801-1885) and Richard (1799-1850) were all Calvinistic Methodist ministers, the first two of great repute; John Jones is regarded as one of the most inspired and powerful preachers in the history of Welsh non-conformity. The monument is signed D. LL. J (for David Lloyd Jones).


Columnar monument of brown specked marble, some 7m high; of three cylindrical stages on a stepped cement-rendered rubble plinth. D-shaped cast-iron railed enclosure. Two-stage marble column on a square, chamfered marble base; moulded bases and abaci to each section. The lower, broader section has a recessed inscription plaque with, in raised lettering: 'In memory of 4 eminent brothers, John, William, David, and Richard Jones: Three ministers and one elder, 1796-1885'. Panelled decoration in inlaid lighter marble. The base of the upper section has inscribed panels: 'eloquence, music, theology, poetry.' Large urn finial to top.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special historic interest as a late C19 monument to the Jones brothers of Tan-y-Castell.

Group value with Nos 1 and 2 Tan-y-Castell.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Nos 1and 2 Tan-y-Castell
    Located immediately to the S of the road and slightly below its level, some 300m E of Dolwyddelan Castle.
  • I Dolwyddelan Castle
    Strikingly located overlooking the modern road on a dramatic eminence 1.5km W of Dolwyddelan village.
  • II The Chocolate House (Formerly Church Hall)
    Immediately behind (W of) the parish church of St. Gwyddelan, in the village centre.
  • I Church of St. Gwyddelan
    In the centre of the village, set back slightly within a low rubble-walled churchyard and surrounded by mature trees.
  • II Ty Capel Moriah
    Adjoining the chapel flush to the rear (N).
  • II Moriah Calvinistic Methodist Chapel
    Dramatically-sited in the centre of the streetscape; raised up and set back from the main road on a revetted bank.
  • II Pont-y-Llan
    Spanning the Afon Lledr in the centre of the village, between the parish church and the school.
  • II Ty Capel Isaf
    Adjoining the Capel Isaf to the SW and both stepped-down and set back from it.

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