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Llawrybettws Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandderfel, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9713 / 52°58'16"N

Longitude: -3.4552 / 3°27'18"W

OS Eastings: 302371

OS Northings: 342535

OS Grid: SJ023425

Mapcode National: GBR 6L.JTD1

Mapcode Global: WH66V.WLT0

Plus Code: 9C4RXGCV+GW

Entry Name: Llawrybettws Chapel

Listing Date: 31 January 2001

Last Amended: 31 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24585

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Set back slightly on the corner of the lane behind a partly-railed forecourt with curved rubble revettment walls following the road to the L and R.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llandderfel

Community: Llandderfel

Locality: Glan-yr-Afon

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Chapel founded in 1803 and rebuilt in 1835 and 1865, the last date corresponding to the present structure.


Rectangular chapel with contemporary schoolroom at right-angles to the L, forming an overall L-plan. Entrance facade and R return are of red brick construction (Flemish Bond) with sandstone ashlar dressings and slate roofs. The inner (schoolroom-facing) side of the chapel, and both sides of the schoolroom are rendered and lined-out. The chapel has a well-composed symmetrical facade with expressed quoins and projecting verges with simple decorative bargeboards; surmounting wooden pendant finial. Round-arched outer entrances with 4-panel moulded double doors and segmental fanlights. Paired arched windows to the centre with 20-pane horned sashes plus fans; projecting stone sills. Above these is a centrally-placed foundation plaque giving the dates 1803, 1835 and 1865; this with voussoirs and quoins of yellow stock brick.

The R (NE) side of the chapel has three 12-pane sash windows with flat, dressed stone lintels and projecting sills; decorative patterning in purple headers to the lower half of the wall. The rear gable end has plain bargeboards and a slated boilerhouse lean-to. The (rendered) L wall (SW) has two horned 12-pane sashes. That to the L is partly obscured by modern plastic roof sheeting which covers a wooden porch extrusion in the angle with the schoolroom; this with boarded door. The schoolroom section has a squat brick end chimney to the L and a 12-pane sash with obscured glass to the L of the entrance; two further 12-pane sashes to the rear. The L gable has corrugated iron cladding and plain bargeboards.


Plain ceiling in 3 compartments; vertically-boarded dado, with similarly-boarded wind porches. The original fixed pine box pews are arranged as a double central block and single outer sections with aisles between. Square enclosure with plain, vertically-boarded lower, and square-panelled upper section, the latter with blind ocular decoration; simple moulded rail and turned finials to corner posts.

Panelled Set Fawr with blind quatrefoil upper and cusped lower panels; moulded rail. Classical arch in moulded plasterwork to the rear of the Set Fawr, with recessed, panelled pilasters and projecting key; simple ribbed panels within. Part-glazed entrance to schoolroom with multi-pane glazed screen above; 12- and 4-pane sections.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a simple mid-Victorian chapel and schoolroom retaining good original external character and simple original interior detail.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Old Board School at Llawrybettws
    In the centre of the small village group, on the E side of the lane.
  • II Church of Saint James the Great
    On the SE side of the A494 on the east side of Glan-yr-afon; set within its own walled churchyard.
  • II Barn at Ty Mawr
    Built alongside the road at Ty Mawr, which is on the A494 between Druid and Four Crosses.
  • II Ty Mawr
    On the SE side of the A494, between Druid and Four Crosses.
  • II Cymro Gate
    Located at the north-eastern boundary of the community and prominently-sited on the roadside.

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