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Morfa Nefyn – Resurrection of Our Holy Saviour

Lon Yr Eglwys, Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli, LL53 6AS

A utilitarian design of the 1960s, notable for its furnishings, above all twelve dalle de verre windows and a mosaic of the Risen Christ by Jonah Jones. The building is no longer used for worship and has been sold. Alternative provision has been made for the Jones furnishings.

The village of Morfa Nefyn is located on the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula and like many of the coastal towns and villages is popular with tourists during the summer months. The church of the Resurrection of Our Holy Saviour was built in 1967-8 as a chapel-of-ease to St Joseph, Pwllheli (qv), to serve a scattered local community of Catholics as well as summer holidaymakers. The architect was M. T. Pritchard of Blaenau Ffestiniog (Catholic Building Review, 1968). Jonah Jones created a set of twelve dalle de verre windows and a mosaic of the Resurrected Christ for the church.  

In summer 2016 the church was closed as a result of diocesan pastoral review. The site awaits redevelopment; provision has been made for the salvaging and relocation of the Jones mosaic and glass.


The church is vaguely cruciform in plan with a projecting south porch, west baptistery, north Lady Chapel, and east sanctuary with the sacristy behind. It is built of brick with a concrete frame and is faced with roughcast render with rubble stone facing at the porch and north chapel. The roofs are pitched with slate coverings, the sacristy roof flat with a felt covering. There is a modern metal cross finial above the entrance. The windows are generally narrow rectangular lancets with timber frames and dalle de verre glass.

The interior is plain in character, and notable only for its furnishings. These include:

  • In the rear/east wall of the sanctuary, a large mosaic of the Risen Christ by Jonah Jones
  • Around the walls and in the Lady Chapel, twelve semi-abstract mainly red and blue dalle de verre windows, also by Jonah Jones
  • In the porch, a large window with reamy clear glass and red lights forming a cross, with fish and anchor detail in a central roundel (artist not established)
  • The sanctuary is raised on a dais with woodblock floor and timber communion rails. There is a similar but smaller altar in the north chapel. At the time of the visit the church retained its bench seating.
Heritage Details

Architect: M. T. Pritchard

Original Date: 1968

Conservation Area: No

Listed Grade: Not Listed