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Aberdaron, St. Hywyn (CiW). Another view, showing the church's spectacular situation. SH 173 264. © David Wilkinson. Another view, two interiors - 1, 2, the pulpit, altar, and the font. Link. Grade I listed. The former Salem Chapel (1898), now in residential use. SH 174 266. All © Dennis Harper (2013).
Aberdyfi, St. Peter. © Chris Emms (2010).
Abererch, St. Cawrdaf. Another view. SH 396 365. Link. (The former?) Ebenezer Chapel (1868). SH 395 365. All © Dennis Harper (2013).
Abergynolwyn, St. David. Another view and the bell-turret. Two interior views - 1, 2, and the font. There are two former chapels, both on Llanegryn Street - Chapel one (from a study of various maps, Howard Richter suspects Congregational). Chapel two, and another view - Howard thinks this one may have been Calvinistic Methodist. All © John Bowdler. Former Wesleyan Chapel, now a B&B. © Chris Emms (2009).
Arthog, St. Catherine. Interior view. Both © Kenneth Paver.

Barmouth, St. John. SH 613 158. © Dave  Westrap. Interior view. © Tim Hollinghurst. Another interior view, © Kenneth Paver (2011). St. David. SH 614 155. © Dave  Westrap.
Beddgelert, St. Mary. SH 591 480. © Bill McKenzie. Another view, and a more recent one. Both © Dave  Westrap. Interior view. © Dave  Westrap. Link1. Link2. Link3.
Bethel (near Caernarfon), Addoldy'r Annibynwyr (Independent, 1866). Since Martin took his photo, the chapel has evidently gone out of use - see the photo on Geograph, dated 2011, where the building displays a "Sold" sign. SH 5240 6535. Link. Eglwys y Cysegr Bresbyteraidd (1864). SH 5305 6538. Link1. Link2. Both © Martin Briscoe.
Bethel (near Bala), the derelict Bethel Chapel. © Gervase N. E. Charmley (2011).
Betws Garmon, St. Garmon (aka St. Germanus), (CiW). © Bill McKenzie. Another view. © Dave  Westrap. SH 535 576. Link1. Link2.
Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Bodernabwy, Aberdaron New Church (closed). This site has a little history. Two additional views - 1, 2, and the tower stairs. SH 175 273. All © Dennis Harper (2013).
Borth y Gest, St. Cyngar. SH 565 374. Link. Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (dating from 1880). SH 563 375. Link. Both © Dave Westrap. Capel Bethel Congregational Chapel (1867). Two further views - 1, 2. SH 5636 3746. All © Howard Richter (2013). Link.
Botwnnog, St. Beuno (CiW). SH 264 315. Link. Former(?) Rhydback Chapel (1889, Calvinistic Methodist). Current status not known. Another view and the date-stone. SH 262 309. All © Dennis Harper (2013).
Brithdir, St. Mark (1895-80). Now redundant, and in the
care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. Interior view. Both © John Bowdler. Link. Brithdir Independent Chapel (1860). Approx. SH 768 187. © Mike Berrell (2010). Former Presbyterian Chapel, now a nursery. SH 765 186. © Mike Berrell (2010).
Bryn-engan, Calvinistic Methodist chapel (1908). A stone built into one corner bears dates 1777, 1826 and 1870. SH 452 439.
Two additional views - 1, 2, the latter showing the ghosts of former attached buildings. All © Howard Richter (2014). Link1. Link2.
Bryncir, Soar Chapel (1868). The date-stone also bears the initials T.C., which Howard advises stand for Trefnyddion Calfinaidd, or Calvinist Organisers (see here if you are a Welsh speaker). Another stone commemorates Henry Hughes, minister here and at Bryn-engan for nearly 45 years. A noted historian, you can see more about him here. SH 480 447. © Howard Richter (2016). Link.
Bryncrug, Presbyterian Church, built as Calvinistic Methodist (1883). The gravestone of Mary Jones (see here for her story). The former Methodist Chapel (previously Wesleyan). Former Chapel at SH 609 031. By an examination of old maps, Howard Richter has determined that this was Capel Saron (Independent). Another view. A close-up of the stone above the door. St. Matthew no longer in use as a church). All © John Bowdler.
Brynrefail, the Presbyterian Chapel. © Martin Briscoe.
Bwlch-derwin, the former Calvinistic Methodist chapel, now converted to residential use. Another view. SH 461 469. Both
© Howard Richter (2014). Link. The property was for sale in 2010, so the chapel must have closed no later than this. The Estate Agents sale notice has interior photos (greyed out, unfortunately).

Caerdeon, St. Philip. The reredos. SH 651 181. Both © Kenneth Paver (2011).
Caerhun (nr. Bangor), an unidentified chapel. © Martin Briscoe.
Cefn-Ddwysarn, Chapel (Welsh Calvinistic Methodist). SH 965 384. © Peter Morgan (2013). Grade II listed.
Ceidio Fawr, St. Ceidio (CiW). Interior view. SH 287 381. Both © Dave  Westrap. Link.
Clynnog Fawr, St. Beuno (CiW). Another view. Interior view. SH 414 496. All © Dave  Westrap. Link1. Link2.
Corris, Holy Trinity on Bridge Street. SH 754 077. © Bill McKenzie. Another view, © Richard Roberts (2015).
Cwm Fynfal (near Ffestiniog), the former Capel Babell (1904), now converted to residential use. SH 718 412. © Martin Richter (2014). It was preceded by a smaller Calvinistic Methodist Chapel of 1861 at circa SH 7207 4115. The overgrown site, is shown here (external website), on the left-hand side of the road. More details (and photos of masonry) here.
Cwm Penmachno, St. Tudclud. Salem Chapel. Capel Shilo Wesleyan Chapel (1864). All © Colin Waters Collection.
Cwm Pennant, St. Michael (CiW). Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 5271 4486. © Howard Richter (2013). Link (has interior views). Capel Pennant (1870, Calvinistic Methodist). It was for sale in 2012. Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 531 454. Link. All © Howard Richter (2012).
Cwm Prysor, Capel Cwm Prysor (Calvinistic Methodist, 1900). Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 737 362. Link. All © Howard Richter (2012).
Cwmstradllyn, the former Capel Saron (Calvinistic Methodist, 1888). Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 554 442. All © Howard Richter (2012). Link.
Cwmtirmynach, Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. © Gervase N. E. Charmley (2011).
Cwn-y-glo. © Bill McKenzie.

Deiniolen, Ebenezer Chapel, or Capel Ebenezer (Welsh Congregational). Also known locally as Capal Eban. © Martin Briscoe. Previously listed as demolished, thanks to Eric Jones for advising that the chapel is still in use as a united chapel.
Dolbenmaen, St. Mary (CiW). Two further views - 1, 2, and the churchyard entrance. SH 5067 4315. All © Howard Richter (2012). Link.
Grade II* listed.
Dolgellau, St. Mary. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, © Stuart Mackrell.
Dolhendre, Carmel Capel (1839, re-built 1893). © Peter Morgan (2014).

Four Crosses, Ebenezer Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. Originally built as the Sunday School, sometime between 1901 and 1917, the congregation transferred here when the neighbouring chapel was demolished. The original chapel stood at the right of the school (as seen in the photo in this entry), and was still standing when the 1980-93 OS map was compiled. Originally built in 1815, re-built and enlarged in 1862, it was demolished in the 1990's, according to RCAHMW. A photo of the chapel is available here. SH 3978 3908. © Martin Richter (2011).

Garndolbenmaen, Capel Horeb Particular Baptist Chapel (1866). Another view. SH 497 442. Link. Capel Jerwsalem Calvinistic Methodist Chapel bears dates 1780, 1873 and 1915. Another view. SH 496 437. Link1. Link2. All © Howard Richter (2012).
Garreg, St. Catherine (CiW). Another view. SH 612 417. Both © Howard Richter (2012). Link.
Gellilydan, Capel Utica (Independent), which was built in 1843, and re-built in 1897, for which there is a date-stone. Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 6954 3904. Link. Maentwrog Uchaf (Calvinistic Methodist) dates from a re-build of 1895. Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 6845 3980. Link. Holy Cross (R.C., opened 1952). SH 687 399.  All © Howard Richter (2013).
Glan-yr-Afon, St. James the Greater. Built 1861-4 to a design by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Another view. SJ 027 425.
Both © Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II listed. Llawrbettws Chapel (Calvinistic Methodist). The date-stone has dates 1803 (built), 1835 (enlarged) and 1865 (re-built). It was also further altered in 1890. SJ 024 425. © Peter Morgan (2012). Another view, and an interior view, both © Gervase N. E. Charmley (2011). Link. Grade II listed.
Golan, Capel Bethel (1891, Calvinistic Methodist). Another view. SH 533 416. Link1. Link2. The former Capel Golen (
Calvinistic Methodist), much remodelled at the time of conversion to residential use. SH 532 416. Link. All © Howard Richter (2012).


Llan Ffestiniog, the site of Capel Bethel Independent Chapel (1868). SH 704 419. © Howard Richter (2012). The chapel itself is shown here, taken from a photo in Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg -  Blaenau Ffestiniog a'r cylch 1938, or, in English, "Union of Welsh Independent [churches] - Blaenau Ffestiniog and district 1938", a programme for a convention held in July 1938, it was printed by J.D. Davies of Blaenau, and is now in Howard Richter's Collection. Link.
Llanarmon, St. Garmon (CiW). Four additional views - 1, 2, 3, 4, and the interior. SH 4230 3935. All © Howard Richter (2013). Link.
Llanberis, St. Padarn. SH 578 599. © Bill McKenzie. Link1. Link2. St. John Jones (R.C.). SH 577 604. © Dave Westrap.
Llanddeiniolen, the chapel in St. Deiniol Cemetery. SH 545 659. © Dave Westrap. Link1. Link2.
Llandderfel, St. Derfel (CiW). Another view. Chapel. All © Peter Morgan (2012).
Llandecwyn, Llandecwyn Church. Two further views - 1, 2. SH 633 376. All © Gordon Reed.
Llandrillo, St. Trillo (CiW). Capel Herman (Presbyterian Church of Wales, 1881). Capel Hananeel (Congregational, 1826, re-built 1879). The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Peter thinks it might be Capel Seion, 1804), now a private residence. All © Peter Morgan (2012).
Llandwrog, St. Twrog (Anglican). SH 451 560. © Dave Westrap. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Llandygai, St. Tegai. © Tim Hollinghurst.
Llanengan, St. Engan. © Martin Briscoe.
Llanfachreth, St. Machreth (CiW). Another view, and the porch. SH 754 224.
Link. Grade II listing which says that the medieval church was re-built in the early C19, and again (except for the tower) in 1872. Capel Bethel (Calvinistic Methodist). Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 754 224. Link. Capel Siloh Independent Chapel (1875) at SH 747 227. Another view. Link. All © Howard Richter (2012).
Llanfaglan, St. Baglan (CiW) - in the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches - only holds the occasional service. Two further views - 1, 2. SH 455 606. All © Dave  Westrap. Link1. Link2. Link3.
Llanfair-is-gair, St. Mary. © Jill Couthard.
Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, St. Michael. Its lovely, simple interior. SH 671 089. Both © John Bowdler. Link. Howard Richter has advised that there was a Capel Sardis nearby at about SH 673 089. Built in 1820, and now ruinous, some photos  are available here. Its licence for marriages was cancelled in 2000, so it was out of use before this date. Can you advise if it still exists?
LLanfor, the redundant St. Mor & St. Deiniol (CiW), for sale in 2012. © Peter Morgan (2012).
Llanfrothen, St. Brothen (or St. Frothen). Now under the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches, it is Grade I listed. Another view, and an interior view. All © Iain Taylor. Two additional views - 1, 2, the porch, and
the interior, all © Howard Richter (2012). Link1. Link2. Link3. Capel Siloam (Calvinistic Methodist). SH 622 417. © Howard Richter (2012). Link.
Llangelynin, the former New Church, now an arts studio. SH 769 718. © Mike Berrell.
Llangian, St. Cian. Another view, and two interiors - 1, 2, and the font, dated 1638. SH 297 291. Link. Smyrna Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (1878) - not known if still active. SH 296 289. All © Dennis Harper (2013).
Llangower, St. Cywair or St. Gwyr. SH 904 323. © Eirian Evans. Grade II listed.
Capel Glyn. SH 912 315. © John Bowdler (1992). It is marked on older maps as a church (at least as recently as 1979), but no longer, and has presumably been converted to residential use. Link.
Llangybi, St. Cybi (CiW), which has medieval and 15th century work. Two further views - 1, 2. SH 4286 4117. Link. Capel Helyg (Independent). The Coflein entry (and date-stone) say that it was first built in 1652, restored in 1814, and twice re-built in the 19th century, the latest in 1877. Another view. SH 4247 4096. All © Howard Richter (2013).

Llanllechid, Eglwys Santes Llechid. © Martin Briscoe.
Llanllyfni, St. Rhedwi. © Martin Briscoe.
Llannor, Church in Wales. SH 353 372. © Dave  Westrap. Link1. Link2.
Llanrug, the former Capel Llanrug, now owned by a business. Probably the fourth chapel on the site, as a plaque lists the dates 1798, 1822, 1842 and 1867. SH 534 634. © Dave Westrap. Link. Bryngwyn Congregational Chapel on Ffordd Bryngwyn, © Janet Gimber (2015).
Llanstumdwy, St. John the Baptist. © Bill McKenzie.
Llanuwchllyn, St. Deinion. © Eirian Evans. Ainon Baptist Chapel (1840 - date-stone), both © Peter Morgan (2014).
Llanycil, St. Beuno. © Eirian Evans.

Minffordd, the site of Capel Minford. The house at left stands on the site of the chapel, the other building was the Infant School, also shown here. The chapel was built before 1889, when it shows on the map of that year. The school had been built by 1901, although its original use may not have been as a school, as a recent planning application described it as a "Former Chapel Vestry". The congregation merged with Capel Y Porth in Portmadog in 2009. SH 585 384. Both © Martin Richter (2014).
Morfa Bychan, Capel Siloam Independent Chapel is a rebuild of 1902 on the site of an earlier one of 1856. SH 5513 3729. Link. The former Nasareth Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (1856) on Beach Road. Another view. SH 5455 3740. Link. All © Howard Richter (2013).

Nant Peris. © Bill McKenzie.
Nefyn, St. David (Dewi Sant). SH 306 415. Link1. Link2. The former St. Mary now serves as a Maritime Museum. SH 308 406. Link1. Link2. Soar Independent Church. SH 306 405. All © Dave Westrap.

Pant Glas (or Pantglas, Pant-Glas, or Pant-Glās), Libanus Chapel, (Calvinistic Methodist, 1868 - date-stone, ). There is another date-stone above the door. Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 472 473. All © Howard Richter (2014). Link.
, Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. Originally built in 1810, it was (according to this link), re-built and/or modified in 1852 and 1875. SH 876 339. © Peter Morgan (2013).
Penbryn, the site of the demolished Capel Pencoed (Calvinistic Methodist). SH 4406 4088. © Howard Richter (2013). Link.
Pencaenewydd, Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. According to the Coflein entry, it was built in 1807, re-built in 1823, and again in circa 1880. If the latter date is correct, then the date-stone from the previous re-build was retained, as it is still visible (although for 1822). SH 4075 4100. Both © Howard Richter (2013).
Penmorfa, St. Beuno (CiW). Two additional views - 1, 2. SH 541 403. Link. Grade II* listing, from which we learn that it has 14th century nave and 15th century chancel. The former Capel Carizim (Calvinistic Methodist, 1868), now in residential use. Another view. SH 547 406. Link. Capel Zion (Independent, 1868). Another view. SH 5485 4065. Link. All © Howard Richter (2012).
Pennal, St. Peter ad Vincula. The porch, and two interior views - 1, 2. All © John Bowdler. Another view, and interior view, both © Rosemary Groves (2011). Link. The former Carmel Welsh Independent Chapel (1869, repaired 1908, for sale 2009). © John Bowdler. Another view. © Chris Emms (2009). Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (1871). © John Bowdler. Another view. © Chris Emms (2009).
Penrhos-garnedd, Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Eglwys St. Pedr. Former Chapel, possibly in the process of being converted. Janet Gimber advises that this was Calvinistic Methodist, and has indeed been converted. All © Martin Briscoe.
Pentir, St. Cedol. © Martin Briscoe. 
Pentrefelin, the Parish Hall, which was originally built as a church, sited to be more convenient for the villagers, as the parish church (St. Cynhaearn) was some distance away. Dating from the 1930's, it was designed by Clough Williams-Ellis, most famous as the designer of Portmeirion, the setting for the cult TV series, The Prisoner. Another view, and the interior. SH 528 398. Link. An old postcard view is available here, and an old photo here. Grade II listed. The old church, St. Cynhaearn (K), is now in the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches; some services are still held here. Some of the fabric in the nave is supposed to be of the 12th century, with the transepts added in the 15th and 16th centuries. Another view. SH 526 388. Link. Grade II* listed. The site of the demolished Capel Tabor (Congregational). The gateway to the site appears to be original. SH 5226 3997. Link. Flickr has some old photos - 1, 2, 3. All © Howard Richter (2012).
Pont Rhyd-sarn, Peniel Chapel (1895). © Peter Morgan (2014).
Prenteg, St. John (CiW). Another view. SH 585 414. Capel Bethlehem (Calvinistic Methodist). SH 588 415. Link. All © Howard Richter (2012).

Rhiw, Nebo Chapel. Another view. The date-stone bears dates of 1813, 1856 and 1876. SH 227 277. All © Dennis Harper (2013). Link.
Rhoshirwaun, Saron Chapel (1903). SH 196 293. Bethesda Baptist Chapel (1904 - date-stone). SH 197 296. All © Dennis Harper (2013).
Rhoslan, Capel Rhos-lan (Independent) dates from 1808, with a re-build in 1834, and additional modifications in 1877. Another view. SH 480 413. Both © Howard Richter (2013). Link. Capel-y-Beirdd General Baptist Chapel (1822, re-built 1873). SH 470 416. © Bill McKenzie. Two further view - 1, 2, both © Howard Richter (2013). Link.
Rhos-y-gwaliau, former church (CiW, Holy Trinity, both confirmed by Howard Richter). Another view. SH 944 345. The former Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (1881), which Howard advises is shown on the 1901 OS map as Capel Rhosgwaliau. SH 943 347. All © Peter Morgan (2012).

Tal-y-bont (near Bala), Methodist Church (1870). SH 900 378. © Peter Morgan (2014).
Tal-y-bont (near Bangor), St. Cross (1892). Interior view. SH 609 708. Both © Tim Hollinghurst. Link1. Link2. Grade II listed. Bethlehem Chapel - this is an 1860 re-build of an 1825 chapel. SH 605 705. © Dave Westrap. Link.
Tal-y-Llyn, St. Mary. © John Bowdler.
Tan-y-Grisiau, Capel Carmel (Independent) - taken from the Ffestiniog Railway. Perhaps no longer in use? SH 687 450. © Martin Richter (2011). Another view, © Martin Richter (2014). The former Capel Moriah at SH 685 451. The date of the building is not apparent, though it is at least as old as 1888-9, when it appears on a map of that vintage as Baptist Chapel (General). The 1901 shows it as Capel Moriah (Baptist). Date of closure is also uncertain, though it appears to have been defunct before 2002, when a planning application has it as residential at that time. Another view. Both © Martin Richter (2014).
Treflys, St. Michael (CiW). Three additional views - 1, 2, 3. SH 535 378. All © Howard Richter (2012). Link. Grade II listed, from which we learn that the church is (probably) mainly C14, with a major restoration in the late 1880's.
Tremadog, dedicated to St. Mary. © Bill McKenzie. Capel Peniel (1810, Calvinistic Methodist). Another view. SH 563 399. Both © Howard Richter (2012). Link1, which says the congregation meet in the village hall. Link2. Grade I listed which gives the building dates as 1808-9. A BBC article, with photo.
Tyn-y-coed. © Bill McKenzie.

Waunfawr. © Bill McKenzie.
Werglodd, the Old Chapel. Notice - which Howard Richter advises refers to temporary closure of the building for refurbishment works. Both © Peter Morgan (2012). Link. Grade II listed.

Y Felinheli, St. Mary. SH 518 668. © Dave Westrap. Link1. Link2.
Ystolhelyg Bach, the former Horeb Chapel (1901) at SH 158 264. Capel Uwchmynydd (1904). SH 155 264. Both © Dennis Harper (2013).




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