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Capel Anelog

A Scheduled Monument in Aberdaron, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8129 / 52°48'46"N

Longitude: -4.7377 / 4°44'15"W

OS Eastings: 215590

OS Northings: 327445

OS Grid: SH155274

Mapcode National: GBR GPP8.6LY

Mapcode Global: WH33M.6K6D

Entry Name: Capel Anelog

Scheduled Date: 9 September 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 549

Cadw Legacy ID: CN220

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chapel

Period: Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Aberdaron

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The site of a former medieval chapel, which lies in a small field known as Bryn Capel, at the foot of Mynydd Anelog. The robbed-out foundations of a small rectangular structure can be identified on a level terrace immediately to the NW of the house of Gors. The general area would seem to cover some 6m square.

This modest site assumes a greater importance in view of the discovery nearby of two 5th-6th century inscribed gravestones which refer to 'PRSB' (presbyter). The 'Senacus stone' indicates that this priest was buried 'cum multitudinum fratrum', indicating an early ecclesiastical establishment. The stones were moved to Cefnamwlch some time before 1859 and have since been secured in Aberdaron Church.

The ground falls away to the NE in two marked steps and, perhaps for this reason, the field does not appear to have been cultivated. There is therefore a strong possibility that an early graveyard and other features survive in the area.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval ecclesiastical sites. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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