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Ponterwyd Calvinistic Methodist Chapel and attached chapel house

A Grade II Listed Building in Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4118 / 52°24'42"N

Longitude: -3.8408 / 3°50'27"W

OS Eastings: 274886

OS Northings: 280908

OS Grid: SN748809

Mapcode National: GBR 92.P4ZJ

Mapcode Global: VH4FH.CMVY

Entry Name: Ponterwyd Calvinistic Methodist Chapel and attached chapel house

Listing Date: 29 September 2000

Last Amended: 25 November 2004

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24012

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated on slope facing W over the old bridge at Ponterwyd.

County: Ceredigion

Town: Aberystwyth

Community: Blaenrheidol

Community: Blaenrheidol

Locality: Ponterwyd

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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Calvinistic Methodist chapel built in 1854, replacing one of 1800. Said to have been first built as a Wesleyan Methodist chapel, marked on 1891 OS map as Primitive Methodist. The broad gable front suggests that a long-wall chapel may have been altered to a gable front in 1854 but it is possible that the whole was built from new. Interior has close similarities to Ebeneser Weslyan chapel, Ystumtuen, 1858 and Capel Trisant, Trisant, 1850.


Chapel, colourwashed stucco and slate overhanging roof with brackets to gable verges and side eaves. Broad gable front of two arched windows and outer arched doors. Lunette plaque in gable: Capel Ponterwyd Adeiladwyd yn y flwyddyn 1800, ac a helaethwyd yn y flwyddyn 1854'. Windows are small-paned with Georgian Gothic intersecting glazing bars in heads. Doors have five long panels with pointed heads (as also at the chapels at Ystumtuen and Llywernog) and plate glass fanlights. All arch heads are painted.
Attached to right is lower chapel house with C20 door to extreme left and plate glass sash each floor to right. Black brick end stack, rendered right end wall and brick chimney on rear roof slope.
Chapel right side wall behind house is rendered with one 24-pane sash. Rubble stone left side wall has three similar windows with stone voussoirs and broad rear gable also has three similar sashes. Boarded door in gable with stone voussoirs.


Broad, near-square interior without galleries. Four blocks of painted grained numbered box pews raked up towards back in nine steps, with ramped top rails. Two blocks of inward-facing pews between lobbies and great seat. Pews are painted pale yellow grain with red-brown top rail, and are pale brown within. Plain panel backs but moulded surrounds to more prominent front and end panels. Bench seats with shaped bench ends in front of each block.
Later pulpit and great seat. Great seat with turned newels, the side benches being fronts of original pews, the main bench facing pulpit with turned balusters to back. Pulpit has panelled front with contrasted graining to panels, two-panel centre breaks forward with bookrest on brackets. Short steps up from each side with turned newel, ball finial and one turned baluster. Large panelled plain arch-headed pulpit-back.
Lobbies are later additions, boarded with small-paned overlights over double doors.
Plain plaster ceiling with no cornice. Acanthus rose in moulded ring to centre and four plain roundels.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good example of a chapel in transitional phase from long-wall to gable fronts, with good surviving interior. Group value with the old bridge.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Yr Hen Bont
    Situated some 100m upstream of A44 bridge over the Rheidol, opposite Ponterwyd chapel.
  • II Former chapel schoolroom
    Situated on N side of A44, on corner of lane running up E side of Rheidol to Ponterwyd Chapel.
  • II Penybont
    Situated about 60m W of the old bridge in Ponterwyd, on W side of lane to Dinas reservoir.
  • II Milestone on A44 in Ponterwyd
    Situated on S side of main road, some 140m E of bridge over Rheidol.
  • II Dolcarne
    Situated some 400m N of A44 on right side of lane to Dinas reservoir.
  • II Milestone on B4343
    Situated on W side of road about 200m NNE of junction with A 4120 800m N of Ysbyty Cynfin.
  • II Milestone on A44
    Situated on S side of road, some 300m E of entrance to Llywernog mine and some 250m W of junction with lane to Ystumtuen.
  • II Milestone on B4343
    Situated on N side of road about 1km WSW of junction with A44 W of Dyffryn Castell.

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