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Statue of Rev Thomas Charles (including its railings), in front of Capel Tegid

A Grade II Listed Building in Bala, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9097 / 52°54'34"N

Longitude: -3.5971 / 3°35'49"W

OS Eastings: 292694

OS Northings: 335890

OS Grid: SH926358

Mapcode National: GBR 6D.NNQT

Mapcode Global: WH675.Q496

Entry Name: Statue of Rev Thomas Charles (including its railings), in front of Capel Tegid

Listing Date: 25 April 1997

Last Amended: 13 December 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18376

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In front of Capel Tegid.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Bala (Y Bala)

Community: Bala

Built-Up Area: Bala

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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History

Statue of 1875 of Rev Thomas Charles (1755-1814), promoter of education and particularly of Sunday Schools in Wales. Prolific author of religious works, and promoter of such works in the Welsh language, his activities led to the foundation of The British and Foreign Bible Society under whose wing he supervised the production of a Bible in Welsh. Charles attracted the printer Sanderson to Bala, who published 55 of his books. Charles used the chapel in the square (replaced by current building) for his schools. The statue is by William Davies (Mynorydd), of Merthyr Tyfil.

Exterior

Lifesized statue of Rev Charles in clerical dress; of white marble on tall plinth with low-relief of educational scene; on base with inscription. In area with iron railings with spear finials on low wall.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as memorial to an important Methodist minister, and for group value with Capel Tegid.

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