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Chapel of The Cathedral School

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandaff, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4934 / 51°29'36"N

Longitude: -3.2161 / 3°12'58"W

OS Eastings: 315667

OS Northings: 177866

OS Grid: ST156778

Mapcode National: GBR K7G.VL

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.6QMH

Plus Code: 9C3RFQVM+9G

Entry Name: Chapel of The Cathedral School

Listing Date: 12 February 1952

Last Amended: 30 June 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81258

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Chapel situated to south-west of school and connected to school by a single storey wing contemporary with the chapel.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Llandaff (Llandaf)

Community: Llandaff

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Built 1858-9 and designed in Gothic Revival style by Ewan Christian, architect for the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. It was built at the request of Bishop Ollivant (Bishop 1849-82) who was the first bishop for several centuries to reside permanently in the Llandaff diocese. Llandaff Place was the Bishop''''s Palace 1850-1939. It has been The Cathedral School since 1958.


External walls faced with polychromatic stone laid in regular courses; mostly grey but with a brown course at cill and at springer level, heavy grey plinth, string and cornice bands, Bath stone window dressings, Welsh slate roof. Apsidal south-east end with five narrow lancet windows externally with gables. One lancet window and two x two-centred 2-light windows in south-west wall; trefoil headed lights and another trefoil in the window head. One 2-light window in north-east wall where the passage to the main house is joined on. North-west gable has a 3-light Decorated window with sexfoil head. Coped gable with apex cross and a second cross on the apsed end.


The Chapel has internally plastered walls, Three bay timber roof with arch braced collars, kingposts, two tiers of purlins and with the rafters resting on carved stone corbels. Screen at west end. Altar with sounding board above.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its historic and design interest as the Palace private chapel designed by Ewan Christian for Bishop Ollivant.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* The Cathedral School
    On the east side of Cardiff Road and part of an important group of buildings at the south entrance to Llandaff village.
  • II Milepost outside the Cathedral School
    On the east side of Cardiff Road and part of an important group of buildings at the south entrance to Llandaff village.
  • II Boundary Wall to the west of The Cathedral School
    Bounds lane connecting High Street and Cardiff Road on its east side. It extends south from the south-west tower of the ruins of the Bishop's Palace as far as Cardiff Road.
  • II East Boundary Wall of The Lodge and car park at rear
    Runs from Cardiff Road along eastern boundary of lane (connecting High Street and Cardiff Road) to a point where it joins the original garden wall to St Andrew and St Cross Minor Canonries.
  • II The Lodge
    On the north-east side of the road opposite St Michael's College and between the old Probate Registry and the Cathedral School.
  • I Ruins of the Old Bishop's Palace
    At the south-east end of The Cathedral Green and part of the important group of buildings surrounding it.
  • II Apartments 1-3 St. Michael's College
    Within St. Michael's College and a part of the quadrangular group.
  • II St. Andrew
    Part of the group of important buildings at the south-west entrance to The Cathedral Green.

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