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Chapels - Llantwit Major

This project is fully described on Glamorgan Chapels Database

This Llantwit Major database compiled by Gareth Hicks

If a chapel is already mentioned on the main parish page then its name will act as a link to that section for any data recorded there - such as extant records and OS Grid references

Some chapels may have more than one entry if it is not possible to correctly identify each from a particular source

(For an explanation of the various non-conformist denominations see Gareth's Help Page )

Sources referred to (indicated by number shown in brackets after the data entry) where there may be more data available

  • 1. Glamorgan FHS - the publications lists etc
  • 2. Dissent in the Counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth by Hywel D Emanuel, National Library of Wales journal,     Vol VIII/4, Winter 1954.
  • 3. Glamorgan Record Office in Cardiff  hold most extant parish church and non-conformist chapel records, these are     listed on their site (click ' history of your family' on main page and scroll down to the end of the next page)
  • 4. My Ancestors were Congregationalists in England and Wales, by D J H Clifford, SOG, 1992.
  • 5. Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1895 -  the Archive CD Books Cd
  • 6. Kelly's Directory, South Wales 1910 -  the Archive CD Books Cd
  • 7. The Chapels Recording Project in Wales (RCAHMW)
  • 8. The Cambrian Index  - The index data is obviously limited , there may be more available via the online contact     address
  • 9. Slaters Directory for 1880.
  • 10.  Jones, I.G. & Williams, D. The Religious census of 1851 : A Calendar of the returns relating to Wales, Vol 1,         South Wales. UWP,   Cardiff, 1976

  Additional Sources



Bethel English/Welsh Baptist chapel, Commercial St / High St

  • Bethel Baptist chapel         MIs index      (1)
  • Extant records  (3)
  • Baptist ( English and Welsh), High St                Rev Owen Davies    1895  (5)
  • The Baptist English chapel in Commercial St, erected in 1823, has 400 sittings        Rev Owen Davies       1910  (6)
  • Bethel Baptist chapel (Particular Baptist), Commercial St/ High St     SS96806884       Built in 1830, still in use in 1993         (7)
  • Rev John Hier               1880   (9)
  • 1830 October 22 Baptist; a meeting house or chapel called Bethel; Jabez LAWRENCE of the parish of Llantwit Major, Baptist Minister    (2)
  • Bethel Particular Baptists            Erected in 1830           1851   (10)
  • Are there two chapels here ?

Details of extant records on Archives Network Wales for the following;

  • "Bethel English Baptist Church, situated in Commercial Street/High Street, Llantwit Major, Glamorgan, was erected in 1823, and could seat 400 persons."
    "Account books of income and expenditure, 1905-1919, 1933-1949; and members contributions accounts, 1927-1936, 1948-1965"


Bethesda Welsh Congregational chapel, Eglwys Brewis Rd, Boverton

  • Bethesda Llantwit Major, replaced by Ebenezer in 1815, now United Reformed    (4)
  • Bethesda Ind (formerly meeting at Burton Bridge, Penmark)  - extant records  (3)
  • Bethesda'rfro Welsh Congregational chapel, erected in 1800, has 200 sittings   1910  (6)
  • Bethesda Ind chapel  (Bethesda 'r Fro), Eglwys Brewis Rd, Boverton    SS99206909     Built in 1806/7 and rebuilt/modified in 1853           Now United Reformed Church, still in use in 2003   (7)   [see Ebenezer below]
  • Bethesda'r Fro  English Independent     Opened in 1806    (4)
  • 1807 March 10; Independant, a new meeting house called Bethesda Chappel, Thomas REDWOOD, and Thomas WILLIAM, Ministers, Henry EDMUND, Thomas JOHN, David JAMES, John GRIFFITH, David OWEN, Thomas WILLIAM, David OWEN, Thomas WILLIAM, David OWEN, Owen THOMAS, Timothy JONES   (2)
  • Bethesda Ind                         Erected in 1806                       Morgan Morgan, Minister         1851   (10)
  • Extant records (1 under Vale of Glamorgan Collection)
  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry for this chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Maureen Saycell (May 2009)

Ebenezer Congregational / United Reformed chapel, High St

  • Bethesda Llantwit Major, replaced by Ebenezer in 1815, now United Reformed    (4)
  • Ebenezer English United Reformed   Open in 1815, still open in 1992    (4)
  • Ebenezer Congregational chapel     MIs index   (1)
  • Extant records  (3)
  • Ebenezer Ind chapel, High St          SS96826847     Built in 1815 and rebuilt/modified in 1857 and in 1905, still in use in 2003                   (7)
  • Rev Thomas Anthony        1880  (9)
  • 1815 May 11: Independant Calvanist; a meeting house called Ebenezer, Watkin WATKINS, Minister, Robert WILLIAM elder, Thomas LEWLLYN, deacon, William THOMAS   (2)
  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry for this chapel (in Welsh) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (May 2009)

Carmel Ind chapel      

  • Carmel Ind chapel     Opened in 1838     Closed by 1992     (4)
  • The English Congregational chapel in Colhugh St   Seats 120    1895  (5)        and       Rebuilt in 1905, seats 350     1910   (6)      ???                [right place?]

Welsh Congregational chapel, Boverton

  • Welsh Congregational chapel,  Boverton, 120   sittings    1895  (5)




Tabernacle English/Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapel, The Lanes

  • Tabernacle CM chapel     MIs index      (1)
  • Methodist church & Tabernacle CM  - extant records   (3)
  • The CM English & Welsh chapel in the Lanes, has 200 sittings        1895  (5)                and     Rev Benjamin T Evans     1910  (6)
  • Tabernacle CM chapel                SS96736858                Built in 1822/3    (7)
  • 1754 October 1 Presbyterian; the dwelling house of 'our brother' pierce CHARLES; Nicholas STOAKES, Thomas GRONOW, Thomas JAMES, Richard DAVID, Thomas OWEN  (2)
  • 1823 September 23; Protestant; a chapel or meeting house called the Tabernacle; Elias BASSETT of the parish of Lantwit major, gentleman   (2)
  • Tabernacle CM               Erected in c 1822                      E Bassett, Elder             1851  (10)
  • Tabernacle Llantwit Major English CM chapel   Methodist Lane, Llantwit Major, Morgannwg CF61 1RH - still open in 2006

Wesleyan Methodist (English) chapel, Wesley St

  • Wesleyan chapel, Wesley St, built in 1847 with 250 sittings     1895  (5)
  • Wesleyan English chapel    (Cowbridge Circuit)                 Rev T Ezard May   1910  (6)
  • Wesleyan Methodist, Wesley St                SS96756882     Chapel built 1848, by 2003 is Kingdom Hall (Jehovah's Witnesses       (7)
  • 1813 June 10; Wesleyan; a chapel; Joseph ARMSTRONG of Cardiff, Minister of the Gospel, William WILLIAMS   (2)
  • Wesleyan chapel, Llanillyd Fawr               Erected in 1847                   John Rees, Minister                1851  (10)
  • 1848 February 9 Wesleyan; a newly erected building called the Wesleyan Chapel at Lantwit Major;William White ROUCH of Cardiff, Wesleyan Minister    (2)

Wesleyan chapel, Lantwit

  • Wesleyan chapel, Lantwit                       Robert Price, Steward      1851   (10)                ??



Other (inc un-identified)

Borough Cemetery

  • Borough Cemetery                MIs index   (1)

Jehovah's Witnesses

  • Wesleyan Methodist, Wesley St              SS96756882     Chapel built 1848, but by 2003 is Kingdom Hall (Jehovah's Witnesses       (7)

Latter Day Saints

  • 1850 February 7; Latter Day Saints; a dwelling house; John JONES of the town of Bridgend    (2)



[Last Updated :  24 April 2013  -   Gareth Hicks]