Tremadog church and Coadestone arch

Tremadog church and Coadestone arch

This church, built in 1811, was an important part of William Madocks’ model settlement at Tremadog. This was where he and other affluent members of society worshipped. Some of them questioned his decision to provide the ornate Peniel Chapel, which is on the opposite side of the road. Madocks appreciated that many of his workers were non-comformists and wanted to ensure that they attended regular worship.

At the front of the churchyard stands a highly decorated arch. It is of Coadestone, a material made in London from 1769 using a clay-like substance which could be sculpted for statues or architectural features.

The church clock was previously in the Market Hall in Derby. It was brought here in 1862 at a cost of £80. It was installed here by clockmaker David Griffith, a poet and Archdruid of the Gorsedd of Bards whose bardic name was Clwydfardd.

In 1917 a reredos (wooden screen) was installed in the church. It had been carved by Emile de Vynch, a wartime refugee from German-occupied Belgium, as a copy of a screen in Louvain cathedral.

The church closed in 1995 and, following renovation, is now a community facility managed by Cyfeillion Cadw Tremadog. In December 2017 it became the new home of Ffestiniog Travel, which specialises in railway-based holidays.

Postcode: LL49 9RA    View Location Map

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