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Lychgate to the Church of St Cynhaearn

A Grade II Listed Building in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.926 / 52°55'33"N

Longitude: -4.195 / 4°11'42"W

OS Eastings: 252542

OS Northings: 338768

OS Grid: SH525387

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.MMFV

Mapcode Global: WH55K.JQL6

Plus Code: 9C4QWRG3+CX

Entry Name: Lychgate to the Church of St Cynhaearn

Listing Date: 19 October 1971

Last Amended: 30 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21547

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

ID on this website: 300021547

Location: St Cynhaearn stands isolated approximately 900m S of Pentrefelin village. The lychgate stands in front of the churchyard wall and provides the entrance to the rectangular churchyard from the SW.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Community: Dolbenmaen

Locality: Ystumllyn

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

Tagged with: Lychgate

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The lychgate was probably erected in the C18 to provide shelter at the entrance to the graveyard.


Built of rubble stonework flushed with mortar, with an old irregular sized slate roof. A gated stile stands at the side of the stone-built storeroom added on its W side. Openings on each face of the lychgate have slate lintels, and the gable walls are returned to enclose the ends of stone benches internally each side. Pine roof, with slates fully torched, and single tier of purlins. Cast iron gate. The building is extended to the SW by a churchyard store with a lower pitched old slate roof.


Fixed to the internal walls of the lychgate are C18 slate headstones, including WK 1728; Jane Daniel 1761; Thomas Rowland, 1757 and Jane Jones, 1776.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a simple C18 lychgate having a vernacular character, of group value with the Church of St Cynhaearn.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Gravestone of John Ystymllyn
    The headstone stands in the churchyard of the church of St Cynhaearn, on the N side of the path from the lychgate.
  • II Tomb of David Owen
    The tomb is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Cynhaearn, set at the W end against the SE boundary wall.
  • II Monuments to John Williams and Ellis Owen
    The two monuments stand immediately outside the W door of St Cynhaearn's church, on the right side of the path to the lychgate.
  • II Carreg and Pilkington Tombs
    The two railed tombs are close to the S side of the nave of the Church of St Cynhaearn.
  • II* Church of St Cynhaearn
    The church stands alone on the former island in Llyn Ystumllyn, approx 900m S of Pentrefelin, and is reached by a track from the village.
  • II* Former Stables
    Set back from the road 2km approx, to the E of the town, and 0.5km approx. Down a track.
  • II* Ystumllyn
    Set back from the road 2km approx, to the E of the town, and 0.5km approx. Down a track.
  • II* Wash House
    Set back from the road 2km approx, to the E of the town, and 0.5km approx. Down a track.

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