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Capel-y-gro, with Ty-capel and Schoolroom, including railings in front of the graveyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Betws Gwerfil Goch (Betws Gwerful Goch), Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.0057 / 53°0'20"N

Longitude: -3.4488 / 3°26'55"W

OS Eastings: 302877

OS Northings: 346359

OS Grid: SJ028463

Mapcode National: GBR 6L.GNQG

Mapcode Global: WH66N.ZQV3

Entry Name: Capel-y-gro, with Ty-capel and Schoolroom, including railings in front of the graveyard

Listing Date: 1 April 1998

Last Amended: 7 August 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19580

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The chapel with its associated buildings lies approximately 20 m to the SW of Pont y Bettws, and raised above the SE side of the road. Railed forecourt and graveyard and memorial to right.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Corwen

Community: Betws Gwerfil Goch (Betws Gwerful Goch)

Community: Betws Gwerfil Goch

Locality: Bettws Gwerfil Goch

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The Calvinistic Methodist community in Llanfihangel built their first chapel in 1815. The present building is the result of considerable enlargement in 1874. A porch of c1910 has been added to the schoolroom, and a later front porch has been added to the house.


The group consists of the chapel with a caretaker's house attached at right angles to the right and a schoolroom attached to the left at front, providing a gable end facing on to the raised and railed forecourt. Built of rubble stonework with slate roofs, red crested tiles to the schoolroom, a central zinc roof vent on the chapel. The gable elevation of the chapel has a central panelled door and triangular overlight, set in a chamfered pyramid-stopped frame under a painted brick lintel with a stone keystone and string. Two tall windows either side, margin glazed, with a hinged light, both with lintels as the door and a further but shorter similar window placed over the door having double margin glazing and coloured glass, a large diagonally set quarry at the centre. Above, a datestone: 'Addoldy y Methodisdiaid Calfinaidd a adeiladwyd yn y flwyddyn 1815, helaethwyd yn y flwyddyn 1874'. Three tiers of purlins with shaped ends support the deep gable verge. The sides and rear of the chapel have similar windows.

The house to the right is contemporary, a single-unit double-pile plan. Nine-paned sash windows, the lower with painted stone lintel. Added pebble-dashed gabled porch with a part-glazed door to right. The schoolroom presents a gabled front to the yard in front of the chapel. Margin glazed sashes each side of an added red-brick gabled porch; the door to one side. Two windows on the road elevation, and in the substructure below, the minister's stable, now a garage.

The forecourt, raised well above the road on a stone retaining wall, is defined by palmette headed railings set on a low stone wall. The railings step back in front of the house, where there is a central iron gate hung on megalithic gate posts. To the right, the graveyard is also raised and railed with trefoil-headed railings, with a small railed enclosure containing the plain pink granite war memorial for Bettws.


Entered by a porch to the west with two doors to the interior. The chapel has three banks of slightly raked pine pews, the central bank having a staggered centre line. Integral dado. Square set fawr enclosed with panelling. Symmetrical pulpit with straight stairs, turned newels and balusters. Three turned pilasters on the pulpit front matching the newels. The pulpit stands against a pilastered 2-centred arch on the rear wall with a dentilled cornice over, the recess inscribed 'Perchwch dy Nghysegr'. The chapel ceiling is divided by moulded cross beams into 3 bays, each with shaped ceiling features, and a circular moulded one with a ceiling ventilator at the centre. The walls are plastered and there is no gallery.

The schoolroom stands corner to corner with the chapel and has one central collar truss and plastered ceiling and walls, with a boarded dado. Raised desk at the back, placed centrally, and reversible iron-framed pine benches. A door opens at the side into the chapel.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good and largely unaltered example of the complete group of buildings provided for a small community by the Calvinistic Methodists in the later C19.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Y Gro, including railings to forecourt
    The house stands at the SW end of Bettws Gwerfil Goch village, 75 m S of Pont y Bettws.
  • II Pont y Bettws
    The bridge is at the SE end of Bettws Gwerfil Goch village and carries the road to Corwen over the Afon Alwen.
  • II The Hand
    In the village of Bettws Gwerfil Goch, north west of the church, immediately backing on to the churchyard.
  • II* Church of St Mary
    At the centre of the village of Bettws Gwerfil Goch, in a square churchyard which is considerably raised above the surrounding land at the SE. Lychgate to north. Rubblestone churchyard wall, partly
  • II Lychgate of St Mary's Church
    To the north of St Mary's Church, facing Wynllan.
  • II Gwynfa
    In the village of Bettws Gwerfil Goch, facing the church on the north east side.
  • II Pont y capel
    At south east of the village of Bettws Gwerfil Goch, over a minor tributary of the Afon Alwen.
  • II Old house and outbuildings at north side of Wyn Llan
    At the north of the village of Bettws Gwerfil Goch, standing to the east side of the road to Melin y wig.

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