St Julitta’s Church, Capel Curig

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

Date

18 October 2014
Location

Capel Curig

SH 71839 57967; 53.10344°N, 3.91579°W

Information

The village of Capel Curig took its name from the chapel there dedicated to Curig Llwyd – Curig the Blessed, 6th-century Bishop of Llanbadarn. The original chapel would have been of timber construction and this was replaced by a stone-built edifice in the 13th century which was extended around 1500. In medieval times the chapel belonged to the Priory of Beddgelert with it later becoming part of the parish of Llandegai. In Norman times the Welsh Curig was displaced by St Curig, or Cyriacus, the 4th-century three-year-old boy martyr from Iconium (now Konya in present-day Turkey). In 1837 alterations were carried out by George Hay Dawkins Pennant, second cousin of the first Baron Penrhyn of Penrhyn in the county of Louth and father-in-law of the first Baron Penrhyn of Llandygai. Rectangular windows, a new entrance and bellcote were added and the interior was plastered with the medieval roof beams being covered by a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Telford’s A5 London-to-Holyhead route passes through the village and with the increasing numbers of visitors in the 19th century the church became too small to serve the congregational needs. In 1883 a new church, designed by architect Goronwy Owen, opened on the main road. This became St Curig’s Church* and the dedication of the original was changed to Julitta, mother of the boy martyr. Further renovation work was carried out on Julitta’s in the 1950s and it was deconsecrated in the 1970s. It is now in the care of the charity The Friends of St Julitta’s, who leased the building from the Church in Wales in 1998 and who carried out additional restoration of the church, the smallest in Snowdonia, from 2001 to 2004.

[*St Curig’s Church is now a B&B and bunkhouse run by Lady Alice Douglas, daughter of David Harrington Angus Douglas, 12th Marquess of Queensberry. The building was deconsecrated in 1992 and was acquired by the current owner in 1998.]

 

Bellcote

Bellcote

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

Grace

Grace

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

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“Also
the Remains of the
late Jonathan Jackson who
died Jan 25 1848 aged 66
Who was for 40 years a most
confidential Waiter at
Capel Curig Inn”

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

1849 - 1909

1849 – 1909

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“In
Loving Memory
of
Leonard Spencer
Salt,
of Burton-on-Trent
Born July 15th 1869
Lost his life climbing
Lliwedd on Easter Monday
March 28th 1910

“This stone is erected as a tribute of affection
by many sorrowing friends, and the workmen
of his firm”

Leonard Salt was a partner in the Burton-on-Trent brewery purchased in the 1800s by his great-grandfather, Thomas Salt (the company became part of Bass in 1927). He was a keen mountaineer who had climbed the Matterhorn and came to Snowdonia to climb every Easter until the fateful day in 1910 when, leading a climb with four companions on Y Lliwedd, he lost his footing and fell to his death when his rope snapped.

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“In memory of
Alice Douglas Pennant
23rd June 1862 to 16th March 1939
Daughter of George Sholto
Gordon
2nd Baron Penrhyn

“She faithfully defended
the ancient church in Wales”

Alice was one of 15 children and the story goes that as a teenager she fell for one of the staff, probably a gardener, at Penrhyn Castle, and as a punishment her father locked her away in the nursery in one of the castle towers. She became an artist and was an officer of the Order of St John. She never married and died in London.

Coffadwriaeth (Remembrance)

Coffadwriaeth (Remembrance)

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church.  The large stone lintel above the low original entrance to the church, blocked up in the 19th century, can be seen on the right.  The rectangular windows and the bellcote are also 19th-century additions.

St Julitta’s Church. The large stone lintel above the low original entrance to the church, blocked up in the 19th century, can be seen on the right. The rectangular windows and the bellcote are also 19th-century additions.

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

St Julitta's Church

St Julitta’s Church

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