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Lychgate to the Parish Church, including wall to N

A Grade II Listed Building in St Clears, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8136 / 51°48'48"N

Longitude: -4.4957 / 4°29'44"W

OS Eastings: 228060

OS Northings: 215719

OS Grid: SN280157

Mapcode National: GBR D6.WX3G

Mapcode Global: VH3LL.1P42

Entry Name: Lychgate to the Parish Church, including wall to N

Listing Date: 11 June 2001

Last Amended: 11 June 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25472

Building Class: Miscellaneous

Location: Situated at the church entrance, S of Cross House Stores, opposite the Town Hall.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Carmarthen

Community: St. Clears (Sanclêr)

Community: St. Clears

Locality: St Clears

Built-Up Area: St Clears

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Lychgate, 1911 by George M. Hammer and Co., Bermondsey. Erected to the memory of William Phillips (d 1870), by Eliza Phillips of the Kieffe.

Exterior

Timber lychgate on dwarf stone walls, gabled with slate roof, red tile ridges and Celtic cross finials. Six pairs of squared timber uprights rising from low, rock-faced coursed stone side walls with square end piers. Simple collar-rafter roof, but with elaborate carved Gothic work to front gable, brattished tie-beam with open ogee cusped arcade with 3 quatrefoils above, and ornately cusped matching bargeboard. The tie beam is inscribed "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord". Paired timber gates. Simpler rear truss, tie-beam, collar, queen struts and diagonal struts.
The rubble stone wall to left of lychgate on the street, has projecting 3-sided stone, fragment of an ancient stone cross, with modern, rendered cross set above.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good early C20 lychgate with group value in this closely built-up street.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Cross House Stores
    On E side of High Street, immediately N of lychgate to churchyard.
  • II Cross House
    Set back from the road between Cross House Stores and a private lane.
  • II The Town Hall
    On roadside opposite church lychgate.
  • II Water Pump
    Against low stone wall, immediately S of entrance to The Kieffe.
  • II The Butcher's Arms Inn
    On E side of High Street, opposite S end of Kieffe Park Terrace.
  • II Kieffe House
    Set back from the street, within a low-walled garden, atttached to The Kieffe.
  • II Newton Villa
    Situated at S end of terraced row.
  • II* Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene
    Situated within a cemetery behind the street, reached via a lych-gate opposite the Town Hall.

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