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Independent Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllyfni, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0253 / 53°1'31"N

Longitude: -4.2809 / 4°16'51"W

OS Eastings: 247121

OS Northings: 349992

OS Grid: SH471499

Mapcode National: GBR 5H.FJKT

Mapcode Global: WH440.67Q1

Entry Name: Independent Chapel

Listing Date: 21 July 2000

Last Amended: 21 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23692

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located on the eastern side of the village street with the manse (Ty Capel) directly adjacent, the chapel is approached by a driveway flanked by low stone walls.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Llanllyfni

Community: Llanllyfni

Locality: Nasareth

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Shown on the 1840 Tithe Map, the chapel was founded as an Independent chapel in 1823 but the present building is unlikely to have been erected before c1860.


Simple rectangular plan in plain Gothic style. Regularly coursed and dressed rubblestone (mainly granite) to front, more roughly coursed to sides and rear; slate roof. 2 broad C20 lancets with C20 windows to centre of front gable, flanked by round-arched doorways with plank doors and fanlights, all with stone voussoirs. Windows of the same pattern appear to sides and rear, 3 to former and 2 to latter.


Raked floor with plastered walls above matchboarded dado; plain moulded cornice to flat ceiling with central ornamental plaster rose. Complete set of box pews with chamfered panels. Set fawr contains pulpit with 2 flights of steps, turned balustrade, square newels with finials and panelled sides.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good example of a simple mid-C19 Independent chapel with contemporary manse adjoining, forming the nucleus of a characteristic upland hamlet in the distinctive slate quarrying landscape of the area. The chapel interior has undergone little later alteration.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ty Capel
    Located on the eastern side of the village street, from which it is set back, with the Independent Chapel it serves directly adjacent.
  • II Parc
    Set on south side of road within original small field system approximately 100m south-west of the Independent Chapel, Nasareth.
  • II Eisteddfa-isaf
    Set back from the road within its own original field system close to the ruins of a former water mill.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the east side of the A 487 approximately 1.6km south of Llanllyfni; set in a rubblestone boundary wall.
  • II Milestone
    Located on the east side of the A 487 approximately 3.2km south of Llanllyfni; set in a rubblestone boundary wall.
  • II Ty Mawr
    Approximately 250m north of Nebo, set back to the south of the road within original small field system.
  • II Maes Mawr
    Located in a low-land setting at the end of a track off Lon Ty Gwyn approximately 0.5km south-east of Llanllyfni.
  • II Coedcae-du
    Located at the end of a track, directly below the embankment of the former London and North-West Railway, approximately 0.4km south-east of Llanllyfni.

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