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Summary Description of a Listed Buildings

Reference Number
Building Number
Date of Designation
Date of Amendment
Name of Property
Church of St Peter  


Unitary Authority
The Vale of Grwyney  
Street Side
In the centre of Llanbedr village and within a walled churchyard.  


Broad Class
Religious, Ritual and Funerary  

A church was consecrated here c1060, but the fabric of the present church is late medieval. Originally consisting of a nave and chancel, the tower was added probably late C14 or early C15. The church was substantially enlarged late C15 with the addition of a S aisle and chapel, to which a porch was then added. The church was restored 1868, and in 1883 by F R Wilson, followed by restoration in 1897 by J L Pearson.  

Perpendicular style, consisting of nave, chancel, W tower, S aisle with chapel, and porch. Of random rubble stone with bigger dressed quoins and battered walls, with stone tile roofs. The S aisle has a porch at L end with wide Tudor-headed doorway with continuous moulding. To the R of the porch is a 4-light window with hood mould and a 3-light window to the extreme R, both restored by Pearson. Between is a smaller high 2-light window (lighting the former rood), to R of which is a small priest's door to the aisle chapel with a Tudor head and a ribbed and boarded door. Late C18 and early C19 memorial tablets are attached to the wall. The E ends of aisle and chancel form a continuous facade, and each have 3-light windows. The chancel is lower and narrower than the nave. The N wall is roughcast and has a 1-light and a 2-light window of late C19. The nave N wall is also roughcast and has two 3-light windows with hood moulds, by Pearson. The tower is 3-stage, with a plinth band and putlog holes in the lower stage. A small W window is in a dressed surround; the N and S faces have similar but narrower windows. Above the lower stage is a string course. The middle stage has narrow windows, the bell stage has 2-light Perpendicular openings with louvres. Embattled parapet added c1500.  

The porch has a 2-bay roof with a central arched-brace truss. The S doorway has a Tudor head, while the ribbed door has strap hinges and a lock dated 1716. Beside the door is a small stoup with triangular head. The nave and chancel have tie-beam roofs of 1897, the aisle and chapel have a ceiled wagon roof of c1500 on a moulded cornice. The nave has a 4-bay arcade with octagonal piers on square bases, and 2-centred arches with 2 orders of chamfers. The chancel has a similar 2-bay arcade. The chancel arch, rebuilt in 1897, is 2-centred with 2 orders of chamfers and polygonal responds with moulded capitals and bases. The tower arch is segmental-pointed without capitals. Above chancel arch is foliage painted in red ochre in diaper fashion as a background to a large cross. The C15 font has a plain octagonal bowl and pedestal on a square base. Numerous wall monuments include tablet in S wall to Thomas Brute (d. 1724), son of a well-known local mason. Two other monuments by J Brute are to Elizabeth Price (d. 1804) and John Powell (d. 1808). Other fixtures are late C19. A screen between aisle and chapel has plain dado below 4 blind traceried lights flanking a door with 2 blind traceried panels. Above is a cornice. A similar but lower screen is across the chancel arcade. Late C19 commemorative glass includes, in the chancel E window, Christ with Saints Peter and Thomas, in the chapel E window the Nativity, Crucifixion and Ascension, and in the nave S window the Good Samaritan. Fragments of medieval glass are in the chancel N windows.  

Reason for designation
Listed Grade II* as a substantially medieval church.  

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