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Capel Salem

A Grade II Listed Building in Llansilin, Powys

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Latitude: 52.8491 / 52°50'56"N

Longitude: -3.176 / 3°10'33"W

OS Eastings: 320900

OS Northings: 328600

OS Grid: SJ209286

Mapcode National: GBR 6Y.SH0Z

Mapcode Global: WH78Q.5NW6

Plus Code: 9C4RRRXF+JJ

Entry Name: Capel Salem

Listing Date: 18 July 2000

Last Amended: 25 September 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23529

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

ID on this website: 300023529

Location: Situated on the N edge of Llansilin, on the E side of a minor road N from the B4580.

County: Powys

Town: Oswestry

Community: Llansilin

Community: Llansilin

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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Baptist chapel of 1831, the name and date displayed on a plaque on the gable facing the road. Rendered probably in early C20 with new stucco surrounds to door and windows. Interior refitted probably in later C19.

The Rev. John Roberts from Penysarn, Llansilian, Anglesey, the founder of the Baptist cause in the area (d. 1853), is buried in the graveyard.


Chapel in unpainted roughcast with unpainted stucco plinth, quoins and dressings to windows and door. Slate close-eaved roof with plain bargeboards to gables. Long-wall facade of four bays, three large 42-pane sash windows in thin moulded architraves. Door between second and third windows with moulded architrave, thin cornice and slightly curved-sided minimal pediment over, outlined just by raised thin strips. Right end has two windows with marginal glazing bars. Left end has an unpainted cement plaque 'Salem Addoldy y Bedyddwyr 1831'.

Low single-storey stable attached to left, roughcast with slate roof and with plank door to left. By the door a two-step mounting block. Rear has one similar 42-pane sash to right, left obscured by attached rubble stone range, mostly now private house but ground floor left including vestry.


Interior refitted in late C19 with pulpit between end windows. Wooden shutters to windows. Boarded dado, pitch-pine pews in 3 blocks raked up to back, 2 blocks open to one aisle, one to the other. Baptismal font under floor in front, between entrance door and rear vestry door. Two small blocks each side of pulpit and balustraded short rail to back of set fawr. Pulpit has herring-bone boarded panels, and bookrest on pierced brackets. Narrow panels each side have fretwork piercing. Plaster arch behind pulpit with console brackets and added timber pilasters. Moulded plaster cornice with paired brackets, ceiling with 4 plaster roundels.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its architectural interest as an earlier C19 rural chapel with unusual 42-pane windows.

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