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Capel Bethlehem

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllechid, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2133 / 53°12'47"N

Longitude: -4.091 / 4°5'27"W

OS Eastings: 260464

OS Northings: 370508

OS Grid: SH604705

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.1GPW

Mapcode Global: WH548.4H5H

Entry Name: Capel Bethlehem

Listing Date: 9 March 2000

Last Amended: 9 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22947

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located at right-angles to road with roughly square-shaped chapel yard on north-east bounded by low rubblestone wall to road with slate slab coping and spear-headed railings; hooped railings and iron

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Llanllechid

Community: Llanllechid

Locality: Tal-y-bont

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

Early C19 Independent chapel remodelled in 1860, the date of the present building, with Sunday School to rear erected in 1892 on land donated for the purpose by the Penrhyn Estate. Edward Stephens (1822-1885), a noted writer of hymn tunes, was minister here from 1859 to 1885; he was also minister at Rachub and lived at Tan-y-marian, a house roughly equidistant between the 2 chapels built in c1860.

Exterior

Chapel in simple Italianate style gable end on to street with Sunday School/vestry to rear. Rendered rubblestone, slate-hung to left return of chapel; slate roofs. Pedimented gable end to street in 1:1:1 bays has central rusticated round-headed arch containing small 4-light round-arched window with moulded surround and keystone breaking entablature and cornice of outer bays; oval panel above window inscribed "BETHLEHEM/ Rebuilt/ 1860". Outer bays have plain pilasters to entablature flanking tall round-headed windows in 8 panes with moulded surrounds, keystones and slate cills; central doorcase with bracketed flat hood and ribbed double doors. 3 tall round-headed windows like those to front but without the surrounds to each return. Lower and set-back Sunday School has 2 tall segmental-headed windows to end wall, which has rendered brick integral stack with paired and rebated shafts and stepped capping; lean-to on left wall has boarded double doors, over which is a slate plaque (possibly reset) inscribed "SCHOOL-ROOM ERECTED/ BURIAL GROUND ENLARGED A.D. 1892,/ Lease granted/ by the Right HON/ GEORGE SHOLTO GORDON./ LORD PENRHYN."

Interior

Simple mid-C19 interior has plain flat ceiling (central rose gone) with timber boarding and ribbed sides with diagonal-shaped ventilators to corners; plaster cornice, plastered walls and slightly raking floor with numbered box pews. Very simple set fawr has round-headed pilastered arch flanked by internal windows (detailed like those on external long walls) to Sunday School, which is accessed by panelled doors to corners. Internal lobby at opposite end has glass panel to centre, above which is a clock dated 1856 by J Griffiths of Bethesda. Sunday School has boarded dado panelling and Victorian slate fireplace with bracketed mantleshelf.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an essentially unaltered mid-C19 chapel with simple interior of the period.

Other nearby listed buildings

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    Carrying the Chester to Holyhead main line over the Afon Ogwen and then westwards over the former Tre-felin Saw Mill.
  • II Tal-y-bont Lodge
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  • II Former Sawmill Manager's House
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  • II Tre-felin Cottages
    One of a series of 4 paired cottages following curve of road and thus forming a crescent to west of the former Tre-felin Sawmill; low rubblestone wall to roadside, while to south are long gardens terr
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  • II Tre-felin Cottages
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  • II Tre-felin Cottages
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