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Aberffraw Calvinistic Methodist Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Aberffraw, Isle of Anglesey

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Latitude: 53.1927 / 53°11'33"N

Longitude: -4.4649 / 4°27'53"W

OS Eastings: 235426

OS Northings: 369016

OS Grid: SH354690

Mapcode National: GBR 58.2V5P

Mapcode Global: WH434.D03Q

Entry Name: Aberffraw Calvinistic Methodist Chapel

Listing Date: 25 November 1998

Last Amended: 25 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20961

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Slightly set back from the W side of Chapel Street, with an enclosed yard to front (N), and c. 225m NNE of the church of St. Beuno, Aberffraw. The chapel house and earlier schoolroom range is directl

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Aberffraw

Community: Aberffraw

Traditional County: Anglesey

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Mid C19, the third of the Calvinistic Methodist chapels on the site, the first was built in 1785, the second in 1822. This building was erected in 1861 and restored in 1905 (recorded on a date plaque on the entrance elevation).


A single storey, gable-entry, Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. Rendered elevations; hipped slate roof with broadly projecting eaves and verges. The entrance elevation is symmetrical, at the centre a round-headed plaque beneath a triangular pedimented canopy on moulded corbels. The plaque has a circular motif at its head, a dove flying over a bible, around which the inscription reads: CAPEL Y METHODISTIAD CALVINAIDD; below: Y Cyntaf yn 1785 / Yr Ail yn 1822 / Y Trydydd yn 1861 / Adgyweiriwyd 1905 (First 1785 / Second 1822 / Third 1861 / Restored 1905). Flanking the plaque are slightly recessed, round-headed, hornless sash windows (the upper part with radiating glazing bars); the windows linked by a continuous rendered sill on square corbels. Flanking panelled doors are set under rectangular fanlights with glazing bars; recessed in rendered surrounds with moulded canopies on moulded and fluted brackets. The angles of all elevations have stressed, rendered quoins; each side elevation has 4 windows, similarly detailed to those at entrance elevation but with stressed rendered surrounds and keystones at heads. The rear elevations has 2 similarly detailed windows (without keystones).


Each doorway leads into a small vestibule with angled, half-glazed doors leading into the chapel; set fawr is at opposite end. The set fawr is rectangular, raised by 2 steps and has a wide central bay advanced to front with side entrances; recessed panelling under a plain rail and square newel posts with moulded caps. The pulpit is raised by 3 steps, has side entrances and an advanced central bay, with a bow front; recessed panelling to the lower part bears ornate floriate carving, the upper part a plain frieze over a moulded band and under a moulded cornice. Raking pews follow the shape of the chapel, with a central bank facing the set fawr. Walls have tongued and grooved panelling under a tiled dado, the dado broken by a moulded plaster panel behind the pulpit. The moulded panel has 3 deep domed recesses interspersed with fluted Ionic pilasters and surmounted by a segmental pediment with moulded surround. Windows flanking the pulpit have Art Nouveau style floriate stained glass. The ceiling comprises deeply recessed plaster panels with moulded surrounds; central panels have arched recesses and outer panels with latticework ventilation grilles. All around the central panels is a deep coving with plasterwork relief decoration; a continous diamond pattern with flowers at each intersection and fleur de lys in each diamond, each corner has acanthus leaf scrolling.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved example of a simple mid C19 chapel, which forms part of a group with the adjacent chapel house and schoolroom range.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Aberffraw Calvinistic Methodist Schoolroom and Chapel House
    With entrances leading directly onto W side of Chapel Street, the schoolroom lies directly N of the adjacent Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (the chapel house abutting the S end of the schoolroom range),
  • II The Eagles
    Located on the E side of Church Street, just S of Bodorgan Square and c.125m NE of the Church of St. Beuno in Aberffraw.
  • II Seion Methodist Chapel, including railings to forecourt
    Set back slightly, within an enclosed oval yard, from the SE side of the junction of Bridge Street with Bodorgan Square, c. 200m NE of the church of St. Beuno in Aberffraw.
  • II Pont Aberffraw
    Spanning the Afon Ffraw at the eastern side of Aberffraw, the bridge is located at the E end of Bridge Street.
  • II Pendref
    Located at the SW end of Church Street, c. 25m NE of the church of St. Beuno in Aberffraw.
  • II* Church of St. Beuno
    Located within an enclosed churchyard, set back from the S side of Church Street, in the SW part of Aberffraw.
  • II Treberfedd
    In an isolated rural location set well back from the W side of a country road, running between Hermon and Aberffraw S of the A4080; c. 2km SW of the church of St. Cadwaladr.

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