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Churchyard Walls and Bierhouse at St Mary's Church including Sandstone Gatepiers and Gates

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfair Talhaiarn, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2171 / 53°13'1"N

Longitude: -3.6084 / 3°36'30"W

OS Eastings: 292702

OS Northings: 370105

OS Grid: SH927701

Mapcode National: GBR 6C.1CZC

Mapcode Global: WH65M.JDYJ

Entry Name: Churchyard Walls and Bierhouse at St Mary's Church including Sandstone Gatepiers and Gates

Listing Date: 22 July 1998

Last Amended: 22 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20177

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Enclosing the churchyard of St Mary's church.

County: Conwy

Community: Llanfair Talhaiarn (Llanfair Talhaearn)

Community: Llanfair Talhaiarn

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Random rubble churchyard walls enclosing the area of the original Llan, with a late C19 rectangular bierhouse at the SW corner, perhaps contemporary with the restoration by J Oldrid Scott in 1876.


Of rubble with squared, rough-dressed limestone quoins and a slate roof; plain, deep verges. Boarded door to the E side with exposed timber lintel and stopped-chamfered frame. The S (road-facing) gable has large boarded double doors with exposed timber lintel. To the R of the bierhouse is a plain iron gate with square limestone piers and shallow pyramidal capping (that to the R pier of cement).

The churchyard wall runs eastwards from this point for some 50m at a height of approximately 1.5m with stones set on edge as capping. Opposite the S door of the church is a plain late C19 or early C20 iron gate with tall flanking sandstone gatepiers. These are probably early C18 (perhaps relating to the cyclopean W entrance lintel at the church, dated 1715). They are square, approximately 2.3m high and with elongated pyramidal capping with surmounting ball finials; the piers are spiked into the walls. To the R of the gate the wall curves around the E side of the churchyard where it becomes a revetment wall following a path down to the village; this section has an irregular rubble crenellated parapet and reaches a height of approximately 4.2m at the NE corner of the churchyard. The wall continues around the N side of the churchyard as a lower revetment and finally returns southwards as a low rubble wall to join up with the bierhouse. A later, early C20 walled churchyard adjoins to the W.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with the parish church of St Mary.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Parish Church of St Mary
    Located on an elevated site high above the village centre within a rubble-walled churchyard.
  • II Soar Methodist Chapel and attached Manse
    Prominently-sited in the village centre at the end of Water Street at the bottom of the hill; set behind low rubble forecourt walls with simple surmounting railings.
  • II Neuadd Elwy
    Located prominently in the village centre closing the main square to the W.
  • II Glandwr
    Adjoining the Old School and set back slightly behind simple C19 spear-headed iron railings.
  • II Plas-yn-Llan
    Prominently located on a triangular plot opposite Llanfair bridge at the N end of the village, facing a small square; set back slightly behind a hedged and railed forecourt.
  • II Old School
    Prominently-sited at the N end of the village opposite Llanfair Bridge; low rubble walled forecourt, with simple spear-headed railings to the side.
  • II Llanfair Bridge
    Spanning the Afon Elwy at the N end of the village.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the N side of the main road 50m NW of Llanfair bridge.

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