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Chest Tomb in churchyard of the Church of St Beuno

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9401 / 52°56'24"N

Longitude: -4.1719 / 4°10'18"W

OS Eastings: 254146

OS Northings: 340287

OS Grid: SH541402

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.LT7Z

Mapcode Global: WH55K.WCLD

Entry Name: Chest Tomb in churchyard of the Church of St Beuno

Listing Date: 30 March 1999

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21532

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The Church of St Bueno lies along a minor road running SW from Penmorfa. The chest tomb is close to the SE angle of the chancel.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Penmorfa

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The large chest tomb is that of William Maurice of Clenennau, d.1622. The inscribed panel has apparently been moved to its present position perhaps during a refurbishment. The size of the tomb is, according to local belief, because he was buried with his horse.


A large chest tomb built of rubble stonework and roughly rendered, and covered with an edge moulded ledger compounded of 3 slabs of standard proportions. At the NE corner, a sandstone panel reads: HER LYETH... / THE:REC.../ WILL..... MAU... CLENE.../ DIED THE ...ANO DOmin 1622.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an exceptionally large chest tomb, and if the inscription relates to its construction, an early example of the type.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Lychgate at the Church of St Beuno
    The church stands at the end of a minor road running WSW from the W end of Penmorfa village. The lychgate is at the E end of the churchyard, standing high above the sunken road.
  • II* Church of St Beuno
    Located on the end of an old road leading SW from the W end of Penmorfa village.
  • II Tyn-llan
    The house stands below the E end of the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno.
  • II Bryn-y-wern
    The house stands NW of Wern Manor, and approximately 200m S of the Church of St Beuno in the village of Penmorfa.
  • II Courtyard Ranges to the W of Wern Manor, including Stables, Coachhouse and Tower
    Wern is a small country house set in its own grounds approximately 2km W of Tremadoc and 0.5km S of Penmorfa; reached from A 497 along a private drive. The stables and coach-house are immediately to
  • II* Wern Manor
    The manor is set in its own grounds, some 2km W of Tremadoc and S of Penmorfa village, and can be reached by the private driveway from the main road.
  • II Front Terrace, Balustrade and Steps at Wern Manor
    The terrace is in front of the main SW elevation of Wern Manor.
  • II Ornamental Garden Pool at Wern Manor
    Wern Manor lies S of Penmorfa village, and is accessed from the main Portmadoc to Cricieth road. The pool is at the E end of the formal garden at the S of the house.

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