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Ffynnon Fair

A Grade II* Listed Building in Cefnmeiriadog, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.2278 / 53°13'40"N

Longitude: -3.4558 / 3°27'20"W

OS Eastings: 302913

OS Northings: 371072

OS Grid: SJ029710

Mapcode National: GBR 6L.0M1H

Mapcode Global: WH65P.W4KB

Entry Name: Ffynnon Fair

Listing Date: 2 June 1998

Last Amended: 2 June 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19933

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located in a picturesque setting in a field on the N bank of the river Elwy at the SE boundary of the community.

County: Denbighshire

Town: St Asaph

Community: Cefnmeiriadog

Community: Cefnmeiriadog

Locality: Ffynnon Fair

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Ruins of a small late medieval well chapel dedicated to Our Lady. The present structure is of at least two builds, and represents a late Perpendicular remodelling of a presumed predecessor, with transepts and the remains of a polygonal well basin at the W end. This feature can be paralleled with that at St Winefride's well, Holywell, and was presumably influenced by its unusual stella plan-form. The latter is assigned to the patronage of Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby and remains as one of the most important and sophisticated examples of contemporary high patronage in North Wales. Various clandestine weddings are recorded at Ffynnon Fair as late as the early C17. In the 1840s the chapel was partly rebuilt (to 'improve' the picturesque aspect of the ruins) and the plot provided with railings.


Small T-plan chapel, currently a controlled ruin. N and S transepts appear at the W end, with the partly-excavated remains of a polygonal well basin. The walls are constructed of local limestone rubble and there are fragmentary Perpendicular tracery windows of sandstone to the S and E; moulded Tudor arches with returned labels. There are 2 pointed-arched entrances to the S, both with limestone ashlar quoins; the upper N gable, which includes a single-light bellcote, is a C19 reconstruction.

Reasons for Listing

Listed Grade II* for its special historic and architectural importance as a late medieval well chapel of particular interest for its plan-form and polygonal well-basin.

Scheduled Ancient Monument 9/1070/DE038 (DEN).

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Terraces and Forecourt Walls at Wigfair Hall
    Immediately N and E of Wigfair Hall.
  • II* Wigfair Hall
    On a commanding site above the Elwy valley at the south-eastern edge of the community, approximately 2km SE of Cefn Meiriadog village; accessed via a tree-lined drive leading S from an unclassified la
  • II* Dolbelidr
    Located at the NE boundary of the community, approximately 1.2km NE of Trefnant village; sited on the SE side of the unclassified road from Trefnant to Tremeirchion, set back in its own grounds with a
  • II* Dolbelidr
    Located in a picturesque setting on the S side of the river Elwy at the SE boundary of the community; accessed via a long track running N from Brynwgan farm, itself accessible via a track leading NE f
  • II Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located approximately 200m SE of the village centre, accessed via a metalled drive and set against a hillslope to the rear.
  • II Former Stable Block at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located immediately to the NW of Plas-yn-Cefn at the SE side of a cobbled service court.
  • II Former Laundry Block at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located immediately to the rear of Plas-yn-Cefn and connected to it by a short stretch of tall crenellated wall.
  • II Stable and Coachhouse Range at Plas-yn-Cefn
    Located 100m NE of Plas-yn-Cefn and closing a cobbled service court on the NE side.

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