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Lychgate to the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno

A Grade II Listed Building in Clynnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.021 / 53°1'15"N

Longitude: -4.3646 / 4°21'52"W

OS Eastings: 241490

OS Northings: 349695

OS Grid: SH414496

Mapcode National: GBR 5D.FN79

Mapcode Global: WH43Y.XBSC

Entry Name: Lychgate to the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno

Listing Date: 29 May 1968

Last Amended: 15 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22351

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The lychgate opens directly off the main road at the centre of the village, and leads into the W corner of the churchyard opposite the E end of the chancel.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Clynnog

Community: Clynnog

Locality: Clynnog-fawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Built in the late medieval period as the main entrance to the churchyard.


Built of granite with a pitched slate roof. Double gate entry from the road to a wide interior paved with pebbles, and slate and slopes down to the wide opening to the churchyard. Both openings are covered by a large single slab of stone of irregular shape, on further corbel slabs, the inner opening having a square opening to admit more light set asymmetrically above the lintel. The entry against the road appears to have been originally arched.


The roof is carried on re-used oak purlins and a ridge and has open rafters with plaster between each. The passage has one shallow recessed seat each side immediately behind the outer gates, perhaps for mendicant pilgrims.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good example of a late medieval lychgate to a churchyard, and of group value with the Grade I Church of St Beuno and other structures at the centre of Clynnog-fawr.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bod Cybi
    The house is one of a row of cottages overlooking the churchyard at the centre of the village.
  • II Tomb of Eben Fardd
    The tomb is set in the churchyard on the NE side of the church, close to the gable of the N vestry.
  • II The Court House
    The house is immediately outside NE side of the churchyard, facing towards the church.
  • I Church of St Beuno, with attached Chapel of St Beuno
    The parish church is set close to the main Caernarfon to Pwllheli road, in a large graveyard which slopes gently to the N. The chapel stands on the S side of the tower.
  • II Post Office
    The shop is set on a cut-off section of the main road, SW of the Coach Inn, and on the corner of a minor road into the hills at the rear.
  • II Sundial in the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The sundial now stands in the churchyard approximately 3m from the SW corner of the Chapel of St Beuno.
  • II The Coach Inn
    The inn stands beside a raised section of the old line of the main Caernarfon to Llanaelhaearn road, in the centre of Clynnog village.
  • II Bodfasarn
    The house lies alongside the main road, immediately SW of the church in the centre of the village.

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