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Nebo Independent Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Cilymaenllwyd, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.8987 / 51°53'55"N

Longitude: -4.7056 / 4°42'20"W

OS Eastings: 213945

OS Northings: 225694

OS Grid: SN139256

Mapcode National: GBR CX.QKH7

Mapcode Global: VH2NM.DJ5V

Entry Name: Nebo Independent Chapel

Listing Date: 20 October 1999

Last Amended: 10 February 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22501

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated just S of the junction of minor roads approximately 0.6km NE of the main junction in Efailwen.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Clunderwen

Community: Cilymaenllwyd

Community: Cilymaenllwyd

Locality: Efailwen

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Independent chapel of 1836, completely rebuilt in 1860-1. The original plaque is reset on the entrance gatepier.


Chapel, square plan with rendered walls and hipped slate roof, overhanging on flat eaves with paired brackets. Terracotta ridge and finials. Front has just 2 arched windows, big centre arched door and small arched plaque, all in raised stucco surrounds. Windows are small-paned sashes with intersecting bars in arched heads. Earlier C20 double doors with fanlight, and leaded glazing with 'Nebo' in white letters. Both side elevations are 2-storey, 3-window, with plastic windows replacing cambered-headed 12-pane sashes. Recessed window heads. Rear wall is entirely slate-hung in rough local slates.


Square interior with unusual 4-sided gallery on 7 thin iron columns. Gallery front in long horizontal panels with square panels between. Fourth side is carried over entrance lobby. Panelled painted grained pews with doors, in 3 blocks, the rear pews raked upwards. Some raked inward-facing pews each side of pulpit. Three-sided set fawr also panelled with doors. Pulpit backs onto lobby and has panel front with bookrest, ornate open neo-Jacobean fretwork rail each side. Three seats below, centre seat with carved scrolled armrests. Steps up each side with ramped rail over panelling, but above rail is inserted piece of pierced fretwork filling out the curve, and further fretwork over curved rear corners of platform. Timber pulpit back with thick crest of opposed scrolls in ogee form. Traceried window each side into lobby. Boarded ceiling with plaster cornice. Lobby has stone steps to gallery.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special architectural interest as a square-plan chapel, with fine interior, unusual for the 4-sided gallery, raked pews and pulpit backed onto lobby.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Old house and attached stable at Maengwyn
    Approximately 0.7km NE of the main road junction in Efailwen, opposite the junction with a minor road to Nebo Chapel.
  • II Soar
    On the W side of the main junction at Efailwen, and on the W side of a minor road to Llangolman.

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