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Rhewl Chapel and Manse

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanynys, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.1339 / 53°8'2"N

Longitude: -3.3324 / 3°19'56"W

OS Eastings: 310957

OS Northings: 360466

OS Grid: SJ109604

Mapcode National: GBR 6R.6F12

Mapcode Global: WH778.SHBB

Entry Name: Rhewl Chapel and Manse

Listing Date: 18 August 1999

Last Amended: 18 August 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22164

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located in the centre of the village in a narrow lane 50m E of the school; set back behind low rubble forecourt walls and with a cemetary to the side and rear.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Ruthin

Community: Llanynys

Community: Llanynys

Locality: Rhewl

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Welsh Methodist chapel built in 1844, with school-room and minister's house incorporated; altered and extended 1926. Emrys ap Iwan (1848-1906), famous Methodist minister and bard was the minister here until his death.


Chapel and manse group of limestone rubble construction with slate roofs. The chapel has a limestone ashlar facade with roughcast sides and rear, and has a pyramidal roof with iron weathervane. Symmetrical facade with plain parapet and projecting stringcourse below. Four tall round-arched windows with early C20 2-light leaded glazing and similar glazing to the segmental heads; projecting keystones and sills. The 2 central windows are closer together than the outer ones; between these is an inset dedication stone. Projecting in front of the chapel at the centre is a C20 three-bay porch addition, the central, entrance bay advanced; flat roof with simple parapet section to centre with the painted inscription: '1844 Rhewl 1926.' Recessed entrance with 10-panel double doors and plain-glazed, round-arched windows flanking and to the returns. Widely-canted rear with hipped roof. Three-light wooden mullioned window to the centre with decorative leading, and flanking cross-windows with 10-pane lower and 6-pane upper sections.

Adjoining the chapel to the L is the 2-storey manse, which is roughcast with a hipped roof. Blocked entrance to the L with modern windows to the R on both floors. Entrance to the L return and further modern windows. Adjoining this to the rear is an L-shaped, 2-storey contemporary school-room block. This has a first-floor entrance with modern door to the front, accessed via a straight external stair; ground-floor entrance to the R. Plain sashes and modern windows to the side and rear, the latter with a narrow lean-to to its gable end.


The interior was not inspected at the time of survey.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a good mid C19 village chapel and manse group, associated with the renowned preacher and poet Emrys ap Iwan.

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    Located on the northern edge of the village, set back from a lane within its own grounds, diagonally opposite the school.
  • II* Pont Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn
    Spanning the river Clywedog immediately W of the main road in the village centre.
  • II Agricultural Complex at Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn
    Located immediately to the SE of Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn and enclosing a narrow farmyard on the E side.
  • II Former Stable and Carthouse Range at Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn
    Located immediately to the SE of Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn and enclosing a narrow farmyard on the W side.
  • II Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn
    Located on the SW side of the river Clywedog, a short distance to the W of Pont Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn.
  • II Pont Rhyd-y-Gwaed
    Spanning the river Clwedog at the western approach to the village of Rhewl.
  • II Rhyd-y-Cilgwyn Lodge
    Located on the roadside a short distance from Pont Rhyd-y-Gwaed.
  • II The Grange
    Located at the north-western boundary of the village of Rhewl, on the eastern side of the river Clywedog; set in its own grounds at the end of a tree-lined drive running SW from a lane leading NW from

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