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Capel Methodistiaid Calfinaidd

Llithfaen, Gwynedd, Wales

Hafod Ceiri

Grade II*

Landmark former chapel to receive bright new future as a multi-use venue

Capel Methodistiaid Calfinaidd was the fifth chapel built in the village of Llithfaen on the Llŷn peninsula and is known locally as Capel Isaf (lower chapel). A large and well-preserved chapel with an impressive interior, it was constructed in 1905 at the height of prosperity due to the quarrying industry. The chapel is a landmark building located in a prominent position in the centre of the village and near the Iron Age hillfort Tre’r Ceiri. Hafod Ceiri signed a 99-year lease on the building (owned by the Presbyterian Church in Wales) in February 2020.

Hafod Ceiri plans to adapt the chapel by inserting a first floor at mezzanine level, creating an open space for performances and events with seating in the retained gallery. The ground floor will be divided to create a small cinema and studio space, two business start-up units and a café. A glazed extension, with panoramic views looking southward over the Llŷn peninsula, will house a larger café area. In the adjoining vestry, the large schoolroom will be divided into an education space and two bunkhouses for families. 

In 2017, an AHF Project Development Grant funded a Project Coordinator post and specialist VAT advice. The two following Capital Works Grants have funded phases of emergency repair works to the roof, ceiling, 19 windows and plasterwork around the main entrance.

AHF Funding

Project Development Grant - £5,000 (2017)

Capital Works Grant - £40,000 (2020)

Capital Works Grant - £41,000 (2021)

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