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Chapels database

This project is fully described on Glamorgan Chapels Database

This Merthyr Tydfil database compiled by Barrie Jones - with contributions from;

This database is unusually in alphabetic order by chapel name, or place name, if no chapel name

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

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

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

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

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Baptist

Anion, Dynevor Street, Georgetown

  • Dynevor Street. Georgetown.             Welsh Baptist.              Later English.           1860       (1)
  • Aenon English Baptist, George town               Seats 600              Rev H Jenkins             1895  (10)
  • Ainon English Baptist, George Town         Seats 400                  Rev Thomas Phillip Lloyd         1910  (11)
  • Now demolished  Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil
  • The English Baptist cause was established 1858 after differences occurred between some members High Street Baptist Chapel over the appointment of a minister resulting in the formation of Anion (Einon) Chapel which opened in 1860. In 1862 membership grew rapidly, a larger chapel was needed; an exchange of buildings was agreed with Bethel Welsh Baptist Chapel due to their decrease in membership. In 1889 a decrease in Anion's membership and an increase in Bethel's membership meant another arrangement for exchange of buildings was agreed resulting in both chapels reverting to their original cause.Anion was closed for worship in 1968    (Carl Llewellyn Oct 2010)

Bethel, Bethel St, Georgetown

  • Georgetown. Baptist. 1809.     Re-built 1826.       Informant: John Lloyd.  Baptist Minister .      1851 Religious Census       (1)
  • Extant records   (8)
  • Bethel Baptist, Bethel St, Georgetown               SO04450637         Built in 1809, modified, altered or rebuilt 1826, 1855 and demolished 1983        (9)
  • Bethel Welsh Baptist, George town                                             Rev I Jenkins                    1895   (10)
  • Bethel Welsh Baptist, George town            Seats 800                Rev Jn Nicholas     1910   (11)
  • 1838 March 30; Baptist; a building called Bethel situated in George town; Thomas DAVIES, Baptist Minister, William JONES, John DAVIES          (6)
  • Built 1807 for the General Baptists, a denomination that became extinct in the town by 1812. The English Baptists purchased the chapel in 1813; by 1826 an extension for seating accommodation was doubled, in 1855 another chapel was erected. In 1840 the English Baptists left Bethel for their newly erected Chapel called High Street Baptist Chapel; the vacant chapel became a branch of Ebenezer Welsh Baptist Chapel. In 1862 membership decreased, with an increase in membership at Anion Chapel an exchange of buildings was agreed. In 1889 an increase in membership at Bethel with a decrease in Anion's membership; meant another arrangement for exchange of buildings was agreed upon resulting in both chapels reverting to their original cause. (Carl Llewellyn Oct 2010)  

Bethel, John St, Treharris.

  • Treharris. English Baptist.            1899       (1)
  • Bethel Baptist chapel, John St, Treharris         ST09879701        Built in 1877, modified, altered or rebuilt 1881 (9)
  • Rev David Howells was the first Pastor of Bethel English Baptist Church, Treharris in 1882. He was also the minister of Bethesda E. B. Church Penrhiwceiber in 1894 and of the new church, Bethesda, Penrhiwceiber in 1904  (12 Jo)

Bethel, Wyndham St., Troedyrhiw

  • Wyndham St. Troedyrhiw. English Baptist.          1890    (1)
  • Bethel English Baptist, Troed-y-rhiw                     Rev William Thomas     1895   (10)

Bethel Capel Y Beddwyr, Cwmtaf, Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer

  • Cwmtaf. Cefn. Welsh Baptist. 1799.     Re-1866.    1851 Religious Census.           See book on Vaynor at Merthyr Tydfil Library      (1)
  • There is a book by Davies, D Leslie. Deucanmlwyddiant Capel Bethel, Cwm Taf, gerllaw Cefn Coed-y-Cymer, Merthyr Tudful, 1799-1999. Trafodion Cymdeithas Hanes y Bedyddwyr (2000)      (2)

Beulah, Victoria St, Dowlais

  • Dowlais.           English Baptist.       1856    (1)
  • Beulah English Baptist chapel, Victoria St, Dowlais          SO06490801     Built in 1856, modified, altered or rebuilt 1868      (9)
  • Beulah English Baptist, Victoria St, Dowlais       Seats 650      Rev Hughes Williams                1895   (10)
  • Beulah English Baptist, Victoria St, Dowlais         Seats 700       Rev James Williams             1910  (11)

 

Beulah, Pantyscallog

  • Pantyscallog. English Baptist. ?             (1)

Brynhyfryd, Thomas St, Treharris

  • Treharris. Baptist.           1881            (1)
  • Brynhyfryd Welsh Baptist, Treharris                  Extant records      (8)
  • Brynhyfryd Baptist chapel, Thomas St, Treharris           ST09739682       Built in 1882, not still in use in 1998   (9)
  • Brynhyfryd Welsh Baptist, Thomas St              Erected in 1881     Seats 800        Rev William Jones       1895  (10)
  • Brynhyfryd Welsh Baptist, Thomas St               Erected in 1880      Seats 796       Rev William Jones    1910  (11)
  • See  Capeli (2004 list of chapels under threat)

Bryn Sion Particular Baptist

  • 1830 August 4; Particular Baptist; the dwelling house of Thomas EDWARDS called Bryn Sion; Jenkin HARRIES of Gwernllwyn ycha, Dissenting Minister, the said Thomas EDWARDS, William John BOWEN, Jenkin REES   (6)
  • 1832 April 2 ; Particular Baptist; the new meeting house called Bryn Sion built on Mrs OVERTON's premises; Gregory JONES of Dowlais, Dissenting Minister, Mary OVERTON     (6)
  • Re Zion, Bryn Zion, Troedyrhiw - aee  Capeli (2004 list of chapels under threat)       [right place ?]

Caersalem Particular Baptist, Well St., Dowlais

  • Well St. Dowlais.          Particular Baptist.          1820. Re-erected 1832.                      Edward Evans. Minister
    1851 Religious Census                      1976.  (1)
  • Caersalem Welsh Baptist            Extant records   (8)
  • Caersalem Baptist chapel (Salem), Well St, Dowlais      SO06740774        Built in 1821, modified, altered or rebuilt 1833, 1853, 1873, 1883 and 1904, demolished pre 1997           (9)
  • Caersalem Welsh Baptist, Well St, Dowlais              Seats 500                 Rev Thomas Morgan      1895   (10)
  • Caersalem Welsh Baptist, Well St, Dowlais               Seats 700         Rev John Bryn Jones              1910   (11)

Calfaria, Pant-y-celyn Rd, Penrheolgeryg, Heolgerrig

  • Heolgerrig. Welsh Baptist. 1902       (1)
  • Calfaria, Pant-y-celyn Rd, Penrheolgeryg, Heolgerrig              SO03050593       Built in 1902         (9)
  • Calfaria Welsh Baptist, Heolgerrig             Seats 350         1910  (11)

Calfaria Baptist chapel, Cardiff Rd, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale

  • Calfaria Baptist chapel, Cardiff Rd, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale              ST07749951       Built in 1885, modified, altered or rebuilt 1895      (9)
  • Calvaria Welsh Baptist, Merthyr Vale          Seats 200                               1895   (10) 
  • Calfaria Welsh Baptist, Merthyr Vale          Seats 500               Rev Daniel P Evans    1910   (11)

Carmel Baptist chapel, Wyndham St, Troedyrhiw

  • Carmel Welsh Baptist, Troedyrhiw        Extant records    (8)
  • Carmel Welsh Baptist, Wyndham St, Troed-y-rhiw            SO07160230          Built in 1844, modified, altered or rebuilt 1851, still in use in 1996               (9)
  • Carmel Welsh Baptist, Troed-y-rhiw                Rev Wm Griffith Owen                1895   (10)                   and    Rev D E Davies   1910  (11)
  • Carmel, Troed-y-rhiw on Data Wales

Carmel Particular Baptist, High St, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Particular Baptist.       1844.     John Morgan. Deacon           1851 Religious Census        (1)
  • MIs indexes etc   (3)   
  • Extant records   (8)
  • Carmel Welsh Baptist, High St, Cefn-      SO03470776         Built in 1844, rebuilt in 1895, and further modified from 1898-1900, disused from 1986           (9)
  • Carmel Welsh Baptist, Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer                    Seats 400         1910   (11)

Cephas, Brondeg, Heolgerrig

  • Brondeg. Heolgerrig. Baptist.                        1973         (1)
  • There is an article  by Stokes, John. The cowshed and the stable : the story of Cephas Evangelical Baptist Church, Heolgerrig, Merthyr Tydfil. Evangelical Magazine of Wales 30/5 (1991), p. 8-9     (2)

Deml (Temple), Abercanaid.

  • Abercanaid. Baptist.             1896                     (1)
  • Temple Welsh Baptist, Abercanaid                                1895   (10)
  • Deml Welsh Baptist, Abercanaid                      Seats 500                  Rev Isaac James         1910  (11)

Ebenezer Welsh Baptist, Cefn Coed-y-cymmer

  • Ebenezer Welsh Baptist, Cefn Coed-y-cymmer               Seats 550                  Rev David Rees           1895  (10)

Ebenezer Sunday school (Outreach), Wimborne St. Dowlais

  • Wimborne St. Dowlais. ?. ?.         (1)

Ebenezer (Capel Y Beddwyr), Plymouth St

  • Plymouth St. Baptist.          1793.       Re-built 1851?                         (1)
  • Plymouth St. Baptist.       1792/1793.             John Lloyd. Minister     1851 Religious Census (1)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Baptist, Plymouth St         Extant records   (8)
  • Ebenezer Baptist chapel (Capel y Bedyddwyr), Plymouth St           SO05200564        Built in 1794, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1829, 1852 and 1902, not still in use by 1997              (9)
  • 1800 June 6; Baptist; Ebenezer Meeting House, William PRICE, Minster, Rees DAVID, deacon, Thomas DAVID, trustee      (6)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Baptist, Plymouth St           Seats 650             Rev John Lewis              1895  (10)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Baptist, Plymouth St           Seats 800             Rev David Griffiths       1910  (11)
  • 1792 September 24; Baptist; the house of Morgan JINKINS called Back House in the village of Merthyr; Wiliam PRICE, Minister, Evan MAYBRY, deacon, Evan LLOYD, Rees DAVIES, David JONES, John LEWIS, Harri RICHERT, Harry THOMAS, David HARY, William THOMAS, Thomas WILLIAMS, Thomas JONES, John RICE, Thomas DAVIS with others (not named) making a total of 30               (6)
  • 1853 - MERTHYR: BAPTIST ASSOCIATION ASSEMBLY IN EBENEZER CHAPEL. REV. DAVIES OF SWANSEA & REV. JONES OF NEATH ATTENDED    (7)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Baptist chapel on Archives Network Wales - details of extant records
    "Ebenezer Welsh Baptist chapel, Plymouth Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, was founded in 1794. The chapel was re-built in 1831. It closed at the end of 1989"
    " .......... records, comprising: minutes book of church meetings, 1926-1947; register of members, 1871-1874; and registers of contributions received from members, 1855-1950."

Elim chapel, Elim St/North St, Penydarren

  • Penydarren. Baptist.         1843.         David Hughes. Deacon. Tea Dealer                   1851 Religious Census   (1)
  • Elim, Elim St/North St Penydarren            SO05940744        Built in 1842, modified, altered or rebuilt 1850, 1858 and 1900                 (9)
  • Elim Welsh Baptist, Pen-y-darran        Seats 750            Rev Jason James          1895   (10)
  • Elim Welsh Baptist, Pen-y-darran        Seats 750           Rev Harris Isaacs            1910   (11)

English Baptist chapel, Perrott St, Treharris

  • English Baptist chapel, Perrott St, Treharris                 Built in 1880                Seats 350                        Rev William Nicholas                  1895  (10)                          and rebuilt in 1898        Rev William David Nicholas    1910   (11)

Free Baptist Mission, Dowlais

  •  Free Baptist Mission, Dowlais                   SO0707            Built in 1906              (9)

Galon Uchaf Sunday school.

  • Galon Uchaf (Outreach of Park).  Baptist.       1959           (1)

Hebron Evangelistic Baptist, High St/Cae Harris, Dowlais.

  • Cae Haris. Dowlais.  Evangelistic Baptist.  1842.    Re-built 1856.         Thomas Mathews. Secretary. Rail Inspector. Dowlais. 1851 Religious Census   (1)
  • Hebron Welsh Baptist, High St, Dowlais      SO07250799     Built in 1841, modified, altered or rebuilt 1856, still in use in 1996              (9)
  • Hebron Welsh Baptist, Cae Harris      Seats 500                     1895   (10)
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  • Still open in 2006  (upmystreet site)

Hebron Welsh Baptist, Dowlais     ??

  • Hebron Welsh Baptist, Dowlais                Seats 400                Rev William Thomas   1895   (10)
  • Hebron Welsh Baptist, Dowlais                Seats 600                  Rev William O Roberts    1910   (11)

High Street, Pontmorlais.

  • Pontmorlais. Baptist.      1840/1841.       Thomas Davies. Baptist Minister.      1851 Religious Census (1)
  • High St Baptist chapel               SO04930600              Built in 1807, modified, altered or rebuilt 1841 and 1900, still in use in 1998            (9)
  • English Baptist, High St         Seats 750         Rev Alfred Hall            1895   (10)
  • English Baptist, High St             Seats 750             Rev John Lloyd Williams                1910   (11)
  • Baptist, English, High St         Rev Thomas Davies        Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • 1841 June 21; Baptist; a chapel called High street Chapel situated in High street; Abraham JONES Baptist Minister, William JONES, Thomas HOPKINS             (6)

Jerusalem, Pentrebach

  • Pentrebach. Baptist. 1901                   (1)

Jerusalem Welsh Baptist chapel, Court St

  • Jerusalem Welsh Baptist (Elim Pentecostal), Court St            SO05030586      Built in 1902, modified, altered or rebuilt 1911            (9)

Moriah, Mount Pleasant, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Baptist.               1856.   Schoolroom Built 1927                    Aft 1992.                   (1)
  • Moriah Welsh Baptist, Mount Pleasant, Dowlais               SO06350800       Built in 1856, still in use in 1996   (9)
  • Moriah Welsh Baptist, Mount Pleasant, Dowlais         Seats 340                  Rev Benj Davies          1895   (10)
  • Moriah Welsh Baptist, Mount Pleasant, Dowlais         Seats 830             Rev D Cornelius Griffiths     1910  (11)
  • There is a book by Jones, Richard. Hanes Eglwys y Bedyddwyr yn Moriah, Dowlais : o'r agoriad hyd Mehefin 1af, 1895.   Dowlais, Glam. : Cartwright and Co., 1895        (2)

Morlais English Baptist, Glebeland St

  • Morlais English Baptist, Glebeland St        Seats 400                  Rev Edwrd Geo Thomas          1895   (10)
  • In 1885 while the Rev T.W George was Minister of High Street Baptist Chapel there was troublesome times there was dissension among some of the members, which resulted in some of the membership leaving the Chapel to form another faction, under the name of Morlais English Baptist, named after the brook that runs along side the Chapel, the construction of the edifice was made with corticated sheeting. The first Minister was the Rev B.D Johns (Periamder), followed by the Rev's J. Morgans; Edward Geo. Thomas; and E Aubrey. After worshiping for some years at Morlais Chapel it was decided to build another Chapel at a different location, services where held in the vestry attached in April 1904 and called Park Hall until the newly erected place of worship was completed.  (Carl Llewellyn Oct 2010)

Noddfa Welsh Baptist chapel, Penydarran

  • Noddfa Welsh Baptist chapel, Penydarran                Seats 350                    1910   (11)
  • Noddfa, Penydarren            SO05500703         Denomination not given      Built in 1899            (9)
  • Noddfa Welsh Chapel was originally Twyn Mission Hall built 1896, it was a branch of Elim Chapel Welsh Baptist, Penydarren, it changed its status in 1900 when the Mission Hall became a chapel in it own right, and called Noddfa. Its first Minister was David Glyn Price 1903-1905, his wife Eleanor Jones Price took over the pastroralship in later years.     The first Secretary was Mr William  Lewis CC, after 26 years being Elim Chapel's secretary. (Carl Llewellyn July 2008)

 

Park Baptist chapel, The Walk

  • Walk. Merthyr. English Baptist.          1904                  (1)
  • Park Baptist (Morlais), The Walk         SO04890679      Built in 1885, modified, altered or rebuilt 1904    (9)
  • Park English Baptist, The Walk                          Seats 750              Rev J Lloyd Williams              1910  (11)
  • After the congregation left Morlais Chapel, services were held in the hall adjoining the chapel known as Park Hall, until the Chapel was opened November 1904 (Carl Llewellyn, Oct 2010)             
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Private House, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Baptist. 1851.  Robert Davies. Local Preacher. High St. 1851 Religious Census           (1)

Silo Calvinistic or Particular Baptist, Pentrebach or Abercanaid

  • Pentrebach or Abercanaid. Calvinistic or Particular Baptist.             1840/1841.          Morgan Joseph. Civil Engineer (Retired) for the Congregation.        Being one of the Deacons. Mount Pleasant.       1851 Religious Census          (1)                                                  ??
  • Siloh Welsh Baptist, Abercanaid          1895   (10)

Smyrna Welsh Baptist chapel, Aberfan Rd, Aberfan

  • Smyrna Welsh Baptist chapel, Aberfan Rd, Aberfan      SO07090008     Built in 1877, modified, altered or rebuilt 1901, still in use in 1996                (9)
  • Welsh Baptist, Aberfan           Seats  250                  Rev David Rees   1895   (10)
  • Smyrna Welsh Baptist           Seats 600           1910  (11)

Soar, Troedyrhiw

  • Troedyrhiw. Baptist.    1850.        David Williams. Minister. Troedyrhiw.     1851 Religious Census (1)     

Tabernacle, Bryant's Field

  • Bryant's Field. Baptist.           1835.      John Roberts, Minister.             1851 Religious Census      (1)
  • Tabernacle Welsh Baptist, Brecon Rd/Tudor St (Morgantown)         SO04750667    Built in 1835, modified, altered or rebuilt 1842 and 1897, still in use in 1996               (9)
  • Tabernacle Welsh Baptist, Brecon Rd                                         Rev David Price             1895  (10)
  • Tabernacle Welsh Baptist, Brecon Rd              Seats 850           Rev W Rowland Jones            1910  (11)
  • Baptist, Bryant's Field             Rev Jno Roberts              Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • There are books/articles
    Holley, T F. Tabernacle Chapel, Bryants Field, Merthyr Tydfil : some history. Merthyr Tydfil : T. F. Holley, 2000
    Holley, T F. Tabernacl chapel, Bryant's Field. Merthyr Historian. Vol. 10 (1999), p. 147-157            (2)

Tabernacle English Baptist chapel, Yew St, Troedyrhiw

  • Tabernacle English Baptist chapel, Yew St, Troedyrhiw       SO07010233        Built in 1895    (9)
  • Tabernacle Welsh Baptist, Yew St ?         Extant records   (8)
  • Tabernacle English Baptist, Troedyrhiw                         Rev Arthur G Jones   1910  (11)

Zion, Twynyrodyn

  • Twynyrodyn. Welsh Baptist.      1788.            John Jones. Minister.    First Baptist chapel in Merthyr Tydfil.       1851 Religious Census               (1)
  • Sion Baptist     Extant records   (8)
  • Zion/Seion chapel, ?           SO0406              Built in 1789, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1807, 1842         (9)
  • Zion Welsh Baptist, Twyn-y-rodyn                  Seats 1200                Rev Wm Aerus Jones     1895   (10)
  • Zion Welsh Baptist, Twyn-y-rodyn                  Seats 1200                 Rev William Aerus Jones      1910  (11)
  • Baptist, Twyn-y-rodyn     Rev John Jones         Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • There is a book ; Zion Welsh Baptist Church, Merthyr Tydfil, 1788-1988 = [Seion Eglwys y Bedyddwyr, Merthyr Tydfil]. Merthyr Tydfil : Zion Welsh Baptist Church, 1988          (2)
  • 1853 - LECTURE ON MIRACLES, AT CWMTWRCH BAPTIST CHURCH - BY THE REVEREND J. JONES, ZION CHURCH, MERTHYR TYDVIL    (7)

Zion English Baptist chapel, Nixonville, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale

  • Zion English Baptist, Merthyr Vale             Extant records   (8)
  • Zion English Baptist, Nixonville, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale         ST07389982      Built in 1891, modified, altered or rebuilt 1894      (9)
  • English Baptist, Merthyr Vale                    Seats 650                Rev H P Jones  1895  (10)
  • Zion English Baptist, Merthyr Vale             Seats 600               Rev H P Jones   1910  (11)
  • The Baptist Church, Merthyr Vale, Nixonville     English Baptist.        1974.     Aft 1993.      (1)        [same place?]

Unallocated Baptist entries from Dissent in the Counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth           (6)

  • 1806 July 3 Baptist; the dwelling house of the Reverend Edward EVANS called Llettu'r Glommen (the said Reverend Evan EVANS being the bearer of this petition); Daniel DAVIS, Minister of the Gospel, Thomas JONES, CLERK, William WILLIAMS   (6)
  • 1806 November 19 English Baptist ('Whereas no regular service is kept in the English language amongst the Baptists in Merthyr Tydfil......') the providence Chapel; DanieL DAVIES, Minister, William BOWEN deacon, Edward EVANS, Daniel DAVIS, Gwenllwyn (?), George BROWN, Thomas HOPKINS, John HICHHINGS, William MATHEWS   (6)
  • 1811 February 2; Baptist; a house called Blaen Nant y Fedw occupied by Edward LEWIS; petitioners as for No 211 sub Gelliger    (6)

 

Congregationalist

General

  • There is a book by John Lloyd, T.B. Mathews: Llawlyfr jiwbili Cymanfa Bregethu Annibynwyr Merthyr a'r cylch, 1869-1918, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1918), 76tt.               (4)

Aberfan English Congregational

  • Aberfan English Congregational                      1895  (10)                       and    Seats 200    1910  (11)

Adulam Welsh Ind, Lower Thomas St

  • Lower Thomas St. Welsh Independent.             1831. Re-built 1837, 1984.  ??         Informant: Rev. Levi Lawrence. 1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • Adullam Welsh Ind              Opened in 1830               (5)
  • Extant records                (8)
  • Adulam Welsh Ind chapel, Lower Thomas St          SO05090619        Built in 1831, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1857          (9)
  • Adulum Welsh Ind, Thomas St      Seats 600                Rev David Jones    1895   (10)            and   [no minister's name]              1910   (11)
  • Now demolished        Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil
  • 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 Eleri Rowlands (May 2009)
  • I'm writing the history of the Welsh Independent chapel called Adulam, Lower Thomas Street, Merthyr Tydfil
    The cause began in 1829
    The first chapel was built 1831, it was re-built 1857
    The Rev William Jones was the minister in 1895 not the Rev David Jones  
    The chapel was demolished 2005,
    Last service held in the chapel 1979
     (12 - Carl Llewellyn)
  • Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society Volume 24 contains a History of Adulam Chapel by Carl Llewellyn

Bethania, South St, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Welsh Independent.          1822          Closed before 1999.          1851 Religious Census   (1)
  • Bethania Welsh Ind, Dowlais              Opened in 1824            (5)
  • Bethany, Dowlais    Extant records           (8)
  • Bethania Independent, South St, Dowlais       SO06570769      Built in 1824, modified, altered or rebuilt 1827, 1839, 1860, 1867 and 1885, still in use in 1998                (9)
  • Bethania Welsh Ind, South St, Dowlais               Seats 1124                Rev R S Williams     1895   (10)             and  Rev Peter Price                 1910   (11)
  • Independent, Dowlais                    Rev  John Hughes       Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • 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 Eleri Rowlands (May 2009)
  •  There is an article by Hughes, Herbert. Bethania chapel, Dowlais : a history . Merthyr Historian. Vol. 12 (2001), p. 103-                   (2)
  • There is a book by John Rees: Llawlyfr canmlwyddiant eglwys Gynulleidfaol Bethania, Dowlais, 1822-1922, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1922), 36tt.      (4)
  • There is a book by William Griffiths: Hanes eglwys Annibynnol Bethania, Dowlais, o'i chychwyniad hyd Rhagfyr 1898, (Dowlais, c. 1898), 22tt.         (2) &  (4)

Bethania, Aberfan

  • Aberfan. Welsh Independent.             1876. Re- built 1885 and 1969.                      Used as mortuary during Aberfan disaster 1966                  (1)
  • Bethania Welsh Ind, Aberfan                     Seats 600               Rev B D Davies    1895  (10)             and Rev Ammon Jones   1910   (11)

Bethania. (New), Aberfan

  • Aberfan. Welsh Independent.            1970.           Still open in 1995                  (1)

Independent - a house called Betharan

  • 1809 February 4 Independant; a house called Betharan; David NICHOLAS and David JENKINS, deacons. Lewis FOSTER, and William LLOYDE, elders     (6)

Bethel, Dowlais - see Bryn Seion

Bethesda Chapel, Gafael Y Garth, Bethesda St

  • Gafael Y Garth (Bethesda St?). Independents.        1811. Re-built 1829. 1880 .   1996?       David Jones. Minister.  1851 Religious Census          (1)
  • Bethesda Welsh Ind    Opened in 1811, closed by 1992            (5)
  • Bethesda        Extant records   (8)
  • Bethesda Welsh Ind, Bethesda St                    Seats 750                       Rev Jacob Jones         1895   (10)    and Seats 700                1910   (11)
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  • 1811 July 19; Independant; a house called Bethesda; Methusalem JONES, Minister, Lewis FOSTER elder, Davod BENYON, John PHILIP   (6)
  • There is a book by Jones, Daniel. Byr-gofiant y diweddar Barch. Methuselah Jones, Bethesda, Merthyr. Llanelli : Argraffwyd gan Rees a Thomas, 1841.          (2)
  • There is a book by Jacob Jones: Hanes eglwys Gynulleidfaol Bethesda, Merthyr Tydfil am ei chanrif gyntaf: sef o 1807 i 1907, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1909), 82tt    (4)
  • 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)

Bethlehem, Vaynor

  • Vaynor. Welsh Independents.     1828.   Re-built 1925.        John Thomas. Minister.         1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • Demolished in 1968     Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil

Bryn Seion, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Welsh Independents.    1834.    Enlarged 1844.       Daniel Roberts, Minister.               1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • Bethel, afterwards Bryn Seion Welsh Ind chapel              Opened in 1829        (5)
  • Bethel (now Bryn Seion)        Extant records   (8)
  • Brynseion Ind chapel, Brynseion St, Dowlais               SO06460775       Built in 1834, modified, altered or rebuilt 1844,1862 and 1902, not still in use in 1998          (9)
  • Independent, Dowlais                    Rev Daniel Roberts           Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • 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 Eleri Rowlands (May 2009)
  • There is an article by Snead, Martin. 'Mor hawddgar' : the building, rebuilding and ultimate destruction of Bryn Seion, Dowlais. Merthyr Historian 5 (1992), p. 43-58       (2)
  • There is a book by Isaac Jones: Hanes eglwys Bryn Seion, Dowlais, 1832-1907, (Tonypandy, 1907), 70tt.    (4)

Capel Gellideg, Swansea Rd, Penydarren

  • Gellideg (Swansea Rd). Welsh Independents.               1860                 (1)
  • Gellideg Ind chapel, Swansea Rd, Penydarren             SO03340677             Built in 1860    (9)
  • Gellideg chapel on Alan George's site
  • 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)
  • Closure date for Gellideg Chapel, was 26/01/1995 (Carl Llewellyn)

Ebenezer, Pontycapel Rd, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Independents.        1838.              Henry Thomas. Manager. Cooper.          1851 Religious Census     (1)
  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Welsh Independent.                 Re-built 1861, modified 1913.           1970                 (1)
  • MIs indexes etc   (3)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Ind, Cefn-coed-y-cymmer      Opened in 1838, closed by 1992   (5)
  • Extant Records   (8)
  • Ebenezer Ind chapel, Pontycapel Rd, Cefn Coed-y-cymmer             SO03380773    Built in 1838, rebuilt in 1861, further works in 1913,  not still in use by 1996        (9)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Congregational, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer           Seats 550      Rev John Thomas Ll Williams           1910   (11)
  • 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 Mary Jane Stephenson (April 2008)

Ebenezer Chapel Vestry, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Welsh Independent. ?           (1)

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

  • Cefncoed Welsh Congregational Church, Merthyr Tydfil records         " ....... (also known as Ebebenezer Welsh Congregational Church), was active in the 20th century."
    "Baptism certificate book, 1943-1964"

Ebenezer, Trelewis

  • Trelewis. Independents.                1889                (1)
  • Ebenezer Welsh Congregational, Trelewis          Erected in 1879   Seats 300     Rev D Ffrwdwen Lewis                        1910  (11)

English Congregational, Rock View/Park Lane, Edwardsville

  • Treharris (Edwardsville). Independents.            1906. Closed.      Now Spiritual Chapel of St David's              (1)
  • English Ind chapel, Rock View/Park Lane, Edwardsville             ST08839689                (9)
  • English Congregational, Edwardsville          Erected in 1905         Seats 300        Rev Evan Mathias       1910  (11)

Gwernllwyn, Gwernllwyn Rd, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Independents.    1850.                Joseph Hughes. Minister.       1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • Gwernllwyn, Gwernllwyn Rd, Dowlais      SO06970793  No denomination given        Built in 1851, modified, altered or rebuilt 1874    (9)
  • Gwernllyn (sic) Welsh Ind, Mary St, Dowlais             Seats 950                 Rev R T Jones    1895   (10)         and Rev Edward Jones    1910   (11)
  • 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 Mary Jane Stephenson (April 2008)
  • There is a book by D.R. Davies: Canmlwyddiant eglwys Gynulleidfaol Gwernllwyn, Dowlais, 1851-1951, (Aberdār, 1951), 31tt.               (4)

Horeb, Church St, Penydarren.

  • Penydarren. Independents.     1839.     Re-built   1909.         John Morgan. Deacon.       1851 Religious Census   (1)
  • Horeb Welsh Ind, Penydarren     Opened in 1839        Replaced by Williams Memorial United Reformed      (5)
  • Horeb Welsh Ind, Church St, Penydarren               SO05700726             Built in 1839, modified, altered or rebuilt 1853 and in later C20th    (9)
  • Horeb Welsh Ind, Pen-y-darran          Seats 800               Rev John Daniel Thomas     1895  (10)     and   Rev Thomas Beryl Mathews   1910   (11)
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  • There is a book by Dan Thomas: Canmlwyddiant a jiwbili eglwys Horeb, Penydarren, 1837-1937, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1937), 37tt      (4)
  • 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)

Ivor, Ivor Street, Dowlais

  • Ivor Street Dowlais. Independents.                1860    (1)
  • Ivor St       Extant records   (8)
  • Ivor English Congregational, Ivor St, Dowlais              SO06670793             Built in 1860, modified, altered or rebuilt 1873 and 1878                     (9)
  • Ivor English Ind, Ivor St, Dowlais          Seats 800             Rev Wm Jones          1895  (10)         and   Seats 540   Rev Thomas Senghenydd Davies                 1910   (11)
  • Ivor English Congregational church, Dowlais - extant records details on the Archives Network Wales site;-
    " ... formed in 1859. 'A sketch of the Early History' is contained in the first minutes book, and in Ivor English Congregational Church, Dowlais 1960 (Aberdare, 1960). A group was formed in the winter of 1859-1860 to provide for English Independents in Dowlais and Merthyr Tydfil......three cottages purchased from the Dowlais Iron Co., ........ building stone  laid on 22 May 1860, chapel opened in 1861......church became part of the United Reformed Church in 1972... closed 1997"
    " .......including minutes of monthly church meetings, 1935-1980; minutes of deacons' meetings, 1928-1968; treasurer's accounts, 1879-1918; financial reports and statements, 1887-1929; collections, statements of accounts and miscellaneous, 1917-1975; receipts and expenditure, 1949-1986; collections ledgers, 1978-1997; Sunday School teachers attendances and summary register, 1901-1933; record of the transfers of communicants from Ivor Church to other churches, 1924-[ c. 1941]; miscellaneous financial and administrative papers containing receipts, cheque books, related correspondence, printed epherma relating to visits to Union meetings, 1979-1990; illustrated history of Ivor Congregational Church, Dowlais, 1860-1960, 1960; and photographs of Ivor Congregational Church, [ c. 1980]-[ c. 1990]."
  • There is a book by Christopher D. Young, Keith Phillips: Ivor Congregational church, Dowlais, 1860-1960, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1960), 23pp     (2)  &  (4)

Market Square, Merthyr

  • Merthyr. Independents.            1841.              Aft 1972.                Where shopping precinct is today      (1)
  • Market Square Welsh United Reformed         Opened in 1838, still open in 1992     (5)
  • Market Square English United Reformed         Opened in 1840 still open in 1992     (5)          [same place?]
  • Market Sq English Ind     Extant records   (8)
  • English Ind, Market Sq                     Seats 560                Rev John George James    1895  (10)        and  [no minister's name]    1910   (11)
  • Ind English, Market Sq         Rev J O Hill             Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • 1842 February 4 Independant; a building called the English Independant Chapel; David Gibson CURRIE    (6)    [same place?]
  • 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 Mary Jane Stephenson (April 2008)
  • There is a book by Christine Powell   Market Square United Reformed Church, Merthyr Tydfil, 1838-1988. [Merthyr Tydfil] : The Church, 1988        (2)   &  (4)
  • There is a book by D.H. Thomas: Market Square Congregational church, Merthyr Tydfil, 1838-1938, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1938), 72pp.    (4)

Market Square (New), Caedraw

  • Caedraw. Independents.          1969.              Closed aft 1995      (1)
  • Cae Draw            SO0504                      (9)

Mount Zion, Cardiff Rd, Troedyrhiw

  • Troedyrhiw. Cardiff Rd. Independents.                  1871.               Closed after 1992    (1)
  • Mount Zion English Ind, Troed-y-rhiw              Seats 350                  Rev D Waters               1895   (10)        and  [no minister named]   1910   (11)
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  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh) copied by Gareth Morgan from the Cd published by Archive CD Books - with translation by Maureen Saycell
    [ NB - not clear whether this history relates to this chapel - but both started in 1871 - and both appear to be English]
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  • See also Seion Welsh Ind, Troedyrhiw entry below 

Pantyscallog, Pantyscallog (Dwelling House)

  • Pantyscallog (Dwelling House). Independents.       1844.            John Thomas. Minister. Bethlehem. Dowlais.    1851 Religious Census                      (1)

Penheolgerrig, Heolgerrig

  • Independents.    1837.             Daniel Jones. Minister. Bethesda.             1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • Heolgerrig Welsh Ind                         Seats 800                             Rev Isaac J Evans         1895   (10)         and Seats 700                  1910   (11)
  • 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)

Penywern, Jones Street, Dowlais

  • Jones Street Penywern. Welsh Independent.              1877.                Closed after 1995 (1)
  • There is a book by Noel Gibbard: Hanes Penywern, Dowlais, (Abertawe, 1968), 34tt.       (4)
  • Penywern Ind chapel, Jones St, Dowlais       SO06760844      Built in 1857, modified, altered or rebuilt 1877 and 1895, still in use in 1996                  (9)
  • Penywaren (sic) Welsh Ind, Dowlais        Seats 500        Rev William Jenkin Richards           1895   (10)
  • Penywern Welsh Ind, Dowlais                     Seats 500          Rev Jn Hy Hughes               1910   (11)
  • 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 Mary Jane Stephenson (April 2008)

Independent - a house called Philadelphia

  • 1808 February 20; Independant; a house called Philadelphia; David NICHOLAS, Lewis FOSTER, and David JENKINS, congregation     (6)

Salem, Pant-y-celyn Rd, Penrheolgeryg, Heolgerrig

  • Heolgerrig. Independents.          1855.          Re-built       1872         (1)
  • Salem, Heolgerrig Welsh Ind                   Opened 1840, still open in 1992     (5)
  • Salem Welsh Ind, Pant-y-celyn Rd, Penrheolgeryg, Heolgerrig              SO03270605             Built in 1840, modified, altered or rebuilt 1855, 1872 and 1896        (9)
  • 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)
  • Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

Salem, Newcastle St

  • Newcastle St. Merthyr. Welsh Ind.        1856? 1855.        Closed 1930.   Congregation transferred to mother Chapel, Zoar.                      History of Salem by B J Morgan at Merthyr Library                  (1)
  • Salem Ind chapel, Newcastle St          SO05100633      Built in 1855, in use as Kingdom Hall (JW) by 1995       (9)
  • Salem Welsh Ind, Thomas town            Seats 400              1895  (10)                          [same place?]  
  • Salem Welsh Ind, Thomas Town            Seats 400                 Rev Wm Evans   1910   (11)
  • There is an article by Morgan, B J. History of Salem chapel, 1930. Merthyr Historian. Vol. 12 (2001), p. 111-113       (2)

Saron, Chapel St, Troedyrhiw

  • Troedyrhiw. Independents.          1835.         Closed.            William Morgan. Secretary. Saron.      1851 Religious Census          (1)
  • Saron Congregational chapel, Chapel St, Troedyrhiw          SO07260237     Built in 1820, modified, altered or rebuilt 1835, 1852, 1856 and 1886               (9)
  • Saron Welsh Ind, Troed-y-rhiw               Rev John Walter Price                 1895  (10)               and   1910  (11)
  • Capel Saron  on Data Wales - ".... site of Capel Saron and its graveyard. The remains of the chapel were demolished around 1980...."
  • 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)
  • 1836 March 25; Calvanistic Independant (endorsed; Independant); a building called Saron of Tuoed y rhiw (sic); Methusalem JONES, Minister of the Gospel (6)

Seion Welsh Ind, Troedyrhiw

  • Seion Welsh Ind, Troedyrhiw - now Mount Zion United Reformed        Opened in 1835     (5)

Sion/Seion/Zion Independent chapel, Chapel St, Abercanaid

  • Sion/Seion Independent chapel, Chapel St, Abercanaid       SO05850365        Built in 1860 and rebuilt in 1864   (9)
  • Zion Welsh Ind, Abercanaid              Seats 400             1895   (10)
  • Seion Welsh Ind, Abercanaid                    Seats 400                 Rev John D Jones     1910   (11)
  • Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)
  • 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)

Soar/Zoar, High Street  (Pontmorlais)

  • High Street. Independents.           1803.             Benjamin Owen, Minister.           1851 Religious Census         (1)
  • Zoar & Ynysgau  Welsh Ind    Opened in 1802             (5)
  • Zoar Ind     Extant records   (8)
  • Zoar Welsh Ind (Capel yr Annibynwyr Soar Ynysgau), High St, Pontmorlais         SO04970645     Built in 1803, modified, altered or rebuilt 1825, 1842 and 1884, still in use in 1998             (9)
  • Zoar Welsh Ind, High St            Seats 2000                   Rev John Thomas    1895    (10)     and Seats 950   1910   (11)
  • Soar-Ynysgau - Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006) but see also  Capeli (2006 list of chapels under threat)
  • 1798 February 2; Independant; a room forming part of the Crown Inn; Howell POWELL, Thomas REES, Thomas WILLIAMS, Lewis FOSTER, John SALATHIAL          (6)
  • 1805 July 26; Independant; a newly erected chapel; called Zoar Chapel situated near Pontmorlas; Daniel LEWIS, Minster, David NICHOLAS, Lewis FOSTER, Isaac JONES, David JENKINS, Isaac DAVIES, William EVANS, Evan MORGANS, in the name of the whole church     (6)
  • 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 Eleri Rowlands (June 2009)
  • There is a book by R. Griffiths: Hanes eglwys Crist yn Zoar, Merthyr, er ei dechreuad yn y 'long room', tu cefn i'r Crown Inn yn y flwyddyn 1794, hyd yn bresenol: yn nghyd ā phregeth o eiddo y trydydd gweinidog fu arni, sef y Parch. S. Evans, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1869), iv, 64tt.                           (2) & (4)

Soar Independent chapel, Penderyn

  • Rees, Thomas & John Thomas. Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru (History of the Welsh Independent Churches), 4 volumes (published 1871+). Here is the entry from this book for this chapel (in Welsh) copied by Gareth Morgan from the Cd published by Archive CD Books - with translation by Maureen Saycell (Mch 2008)

 

Tabernacle Ind chapel, Perrot St, Treharris

  • Tabernacle Ind chapel, Perrot St, Treharris          ST09919702         Built in 1881, modified, altered or rebuilt 1883, 1893 and 1904, still in use in 1996             (9)
  • Welsh Ind, Perrott St, Treharris             Erected in 1893         Seats 850      Rev David Phillips            1895   (10)   and   Seats 860           1910  (11)
  • Shown as still open on the Union of Welsh Independents site (Dec 2006)

Tabor, High St/Grawen St, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer, Independents.   1845.         William Moses. Minister Tydfil's Well.          1851 Religious Census        (1)
  • MIs indexes etc (3)
  • Tabor Welsh Ind, High St/Grawen St, Cefn -     SO02970808        Built in 1845,rebuilt in 1905/6, still in use in 1997 (9)
  • Tabor Welsh Ind, Cefn Coed-y-cymmer               Seats  150                   1895  (10)                   and  Seats 300      Rev Jacob Thomas   1910   (11)
  • Photograph of chapel in Alan George's site
  • 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 Heulwen Jenkins (May 2009)

Thomas Street, Market Square. Heol-Wormwood,

  • Market Square. Heol-Wormwood, Independents. 1841.  J. D. Hill. Minister. Tydfil's Well. 1851 Religious Census   (1)

Williams' Memorial English Congregational church (United Reformed), Penydarren

  • Horeb Welsh Ind, Penydarren     Opened in 1839        Replaced by Williams Memorial United Reformed     (5)
  • Penydarren English Congregational     Extant records   (8)
  • Penydarren English Ind                    Seats 320                1910  (11)
  • J.R. Williams: History of Williams' Memorial English Congregational church, Penydarren, 1903-1953, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1953), [13]pp.               (4)

Ynysgau, Bridge Street, Merthyr

  • Bridge Street. Merthyr. Welsh Independent.              1749.          Morgan Jones. Deacon. Castle St.        1851 Religious Census     (1)
  • Zoar & Ynysgau ? Welsh Ind    Opened in 1802             (5)
  • Ynysgau Presbyterian ?      Extant records(1786+)   (8)                            [mistake or different place?]
  • Ynysgau Welsh Ind, near the Iron Bridge           Seats 1000                    Rev Price William Hough     1895    (10)
  • Ynysgau Welsh Ind, near the Iron Bridge           Seats 800                         Rev Rhys T Williams         1910  (11)
  • There is a book by J. Seymour Rees: The history of Ynysgau church, Merthyr Tydfil, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1954), 17pp.  (2)   &   (4)
  • There is a book by D.D. Williams: Hanes eglwys Ynysgau, Merthyr Tydfil, (Merthyr Tydfil, 1900), 24tt.   (4)
  • 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)
  • Ynysgau Cemetery, Merthyr Tydfil (NB - site disappeared in June 2006)- here is (was) a list of names from headstones later moved to other cemeteries.
    ( The graveyard was attached to Ynysgau Independent Chapel, which was built in 1749 and inaugurated in 1750. The graveyard was one of the oldest in Merthyr with some tombsones/monuments dating back to 1773 and 1776. The Chapel was demolished in March 1967 as part of the Merthyr Town Improvement Plan. The remains of those buried at Ynysgau Chapel were exhumed between 10th - 27th October 1969, and re-interred at the Ffrwyd section of the Cefn Cemetery. Many of the old tombstones were indecipherable with age and only some 49 names were legible. Unfortunately, the chapel registers have not survived, it appears that they were lost when the chapel was flooded (the chapel was adjacent to the River Taff). Further unidentified human remains were found at the site during excavation for a new road and were re-interred at Cefn Cemetery on 6 March 1998.
    Allan Harrison, June 2004)
  •  Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society Volume 24 contains a recent History of Ynysgau Chapel by Steven Brewer

Unallocated Independent entries from Dissent in the Counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth            (6)

  • 1805 December 17 Independant : the house of Thomas WILLIAM, David OLIVER, Minster, William EVAN, Watkin PHILIP, Thomas WILLIAM, Nathaniel THOMAS, Edward HARRY, Jenkin WILLIAM, Thomas JONES  (6)

 

Methodist

Merthyr Tydfil Welsh Wesleyan Circuit

  • Extant records    (8)

Merthyr Tydfil Methodist Circuits

  • Extant records   (8)

Primitive Methodist (Nelson Circuit)

  • Primitive Methodist (Nelson Circuit)       Seats 300             Rev Samuel Harry supt               1910   (11)

Aberfan Welsh CM (Capel Aberfan), Aberfan Road, Aberfan

  • Aberfan Road. Welsh Calvinistic Methodist.            1876.              First Chapel to Be Built At Aberfan.       Offspring of Nazareth. Troedyrhiw         (1)
  • Capel Aberfan CM chapel, Aberfan Rd, Aberfan            SO07060012         Built in 1876   (9)
  • Aberfan Welsh CM              Seats 660                    Rev John Moses Davies    1895   (10)          and  1910  (11)
  • See Capeli (2004 list of chapels under threat)

Aubrey Welsh Wesleyan (Capel Aubrey), Well St, Cefn Coed

  • Well St, Cefn Coed. Welsh Wesleyan.              1876.            Closed 1950's.             Demolished 1977              (1)
  • Aubrey Memorial Wesleyan, Cefn-      SO03320781          Cause began in 1801; it met for several years in the Temperance Hall. The chapel was built in 1876 , seated 400.             (9)

Bethania Welsh CM chapel, Penn St, Treharris

  • Bethania Welsh CM chapel, Penn St, Treharris          Erected in 1880     Seats 500       Rev J Pumsaint Jones   1895  (10)                   and   1910   (11)

Bethel Wesleyan, Wesley Place, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale

  • Merthyr Vale. Wesleyan.              1866.                       (1)
  • Bethel, Wesley Place, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale           ST07719945        Built in 1886     ?      (9)    

Bethlehem CM, Waterloo St, Cae-pant Tywyll

  • Pant-Tywll. Caepant Tywyll. Calvinistic Methodist.          1841.       James Morris.  One of the Trustees.  1851 Religious Census         (1)
  • MIs indexes etc          (3)
  • Extant records   (8)
  • Caepanttywyll Welsh CM             Seats 500                   Rev Wm Fras. Jones        1895  (10)    and  [no minister's name]           1910  (11)
  • 1840 December 29; Protestant (endorsed Calvanistic Methodist) a meeting house called Bethlehem situated at Pant Tywyll; William MORRIS of Coed-y- Cymmer in the parish of Vaynor, Co Brecon, assurance agent  (6)

Cae CM Chapel, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Calvinistic Methodist.              1807.            John Llewellyn. Deacon. Grocer.   Cefn Coed-Y-Cymmer.             1851 Religious Census    (1)

Calfaria Welsh Wesleyan chapel (Caeharris), High St, Dowlais

  • Calfaria Welsh Wesleyan chapel (Caeharris), High St, Dowlais      SO07150791        Not still in use in 1998          (9)
  • Calvaria Welsh CM ?, Cae Harris, Dowlais            Seats 100                 1895  (10)          [same place?]
  • Calvaria Welsh CM ?, Cae Harris, Dowlais       Seats 100           Rev William Thomas   1910  (11)

Capel-y-Graig CM, Chapel St, Abercanaid

  • Abercanaid. Calvinistic Methodist.            1905.              Closed after 1995         (1)
  • ?. Calvinistic Methodist.         1848.       Thomas Scurry. Elder. Graig Chapel House.        1851 Religious Census (1)
  • Capel-y-graig, Chapel St, Abercanaid              SO05760374               Denomination not given       Built in 1848, modified, altered or rebuilt 1905       (9)
  • Craig Welsh CM, Abercanaid         Seats 500                    Rev Wm Davies    1895   (10)            and Rev John Lewis Jones       1910   (11)
  • Photograph of this chapel on the Glamorganshire canal on Alan George's site

Carmel CM, Clwyd-Y-Fagwyr

  • Clwyd-Y-Fagwyr. Calvinistic Methodist.              1840.            John Price. Elder. Clwyd -Y- Fagwyr.             1851 Religious Census    (1)

Carmel Faith Mission Methodist, Clwyd-Y-Fagwyr

  • Clwyd-Y-Fagwyr. Methodist.                  1902                  (1)
  • Carmel CM chapel, Winch Fawr Rd, Clwydyfagwyr               SO02480688           Built in 1902      (9)

Castle St Wesleyan Methodist chapel, Dowlais

  • Castle St Wesleyan Methodist chapel                Extant records    (8)
  • Castle St Welsh Wesleyan, Dowlais                         Seats 230                         1895   (10)         and    Rev Hugh Owen Hughes, supt              1910   (11)

Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer English CM/Presbyterian chapel (Bethesda?), Cefn y Coed

  • Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer English CM/Presbyterian chapel (Bethesda), Cefn y Coed       SO18859382             Built in c.1830, still in use in 1998              (9)

Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer English Wesleyan            

  • Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer English Wesleyan                    Rev Richard Garbett        1910  (11)

Disgwylfa Welsh CM, Station Rd/Grays Place, Merthyr Vale

  • Merthyr Vale. Calvinistic Methodist.             1907      (1)
  • Disgwylfa Welsh CM chapel, Station Rd/Grays Place, Merthyr Vale       ST07679961         Built in 1876, not still in use in 1996               (9)

Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel, Wind St, Dowlais

  • Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel, Wind St, Dowlais            Seats 250             Rev John Hall           1895   (10)
  • Dowlais. Primitive Methodist.      1846.     William Prosser. Local Preacher. Ivor St.     1851 Religious Census (1)
  • Primitive Methodist, Dowlais                  SO0608           Built in 1846       (9)
  • Ebenezer Primitive Methodist, Wind St, Dowlais  (Nelson Circuit)        Seats 250?    1910   (11)

English Presbyterian (CM), Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Calvinistic Methodist Presbyterian.             1870               (1)
  • Presbyterian church, Elizabeth St, Dowlais has 800 sittings             1895  (10)              [same place?]
  • Presbyterian church, Elizabeth St, Dowlais               Seats 400             Rev Thomas Bowen     1910  (11)

English Wesleyan, High St, Pontmorlais

  • Town? Methodist.            1797.           Joseph Fletcher. Minister.          1851 Religious Census  (1)
  • English Wesleyan, High St, Pontmorlais         Extant records     (8)
  • English Wesleyan, High St, Pontmorlais         SO05010650      Built in 1797, modified, altered or rebuilt 1852, 1862 and 1906, not still in use in 1995                (9)
  • English Wesleyan, Pontmorlais                      Seats 550            Rev Charles Angewin     1895   (10)        and     Rev Richard Garbett        1910  (11)
  • Wesleyan, Pont Morlais         Rev Edward Russell             Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • 1799, December 10; Wesleyan Methodist; a newly erected chapel; C KIRKPATRICK, minster, J.T THOMPSON, David WILLIAMS, John EDWARDS, Lewis TREHERNE, Flonce MAHONEY, William EVANS, Roger EVANS, Edmund BROWN, leaders and members of the Methodist Society in Merthyr Tydfil, and James BIRCH, Samuel BIRCH, Thomas GUEST, Joseph MATHEWS, Cornelius GUEST, William SMITH, Benjamin MILLWARD, trustees for the said chapel     (6)
  • There is a book; Two hundred years of witness : the first English nonconformist church in the Merthyr Tydfil district. [Dowlais] : [Wesley Methodist Church], [1997].            (2)

English Wesleyan, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. English Wesleyan Methodist.      1827.          Frederick Atkins. Chapel and Society Steward. Bethania St. Dowlais                  1851 Religious Census     (1)
  • English Wesleyan, Dowlais     Extant records     (8)
  • High St English Wesleyan, Dowlais      Seats 400        Rev Cornwall Jones           1895  (10)      and   and     Rev Richard Garbett        1910  (11)

Hermon Welsh CM Chapel, Lower Union St, Hamlet of Heolwermood/Dowlais?

  • Hamlet of Heolwermood. Welsh Calvinistic Methodist.        1827.          Re-Built 1840.      Robert Frederick. Deacon. Grocer. Dowlais.             1851 Religious Census   (1)
  • Hermon CM     Extant records    (8)
  • Hermon, Dowlais            SO0607    Denomination not given      Built in 1827, modified, altered or rebuilt 1840, 1876 and 1904           (9)
  • Hermon Welsh CM, Lower Union St, Dowlais              Seats 2000      1895   (10)                    and     Seats 800    Rev Hugh David Jones             1910  (11)
  • There is a book by Davies, D. Hanes Eglwys y Methodistiaid Calfinaidd yn Hermon, Dowlais : ynghyd ag amlinelliad o hanes codiad anghydffurfiaeth yr ardal a chychwyniad Methodistiaeth yn y dosbarth; ac hefyd adgofion am yr Eglwys gan John Morgan Jones. Bala : argraffwyd gan Davies ac Evans, 1905      (2)
    Hanes Eglwys y Methodistiad Calfiniaidd yn Hermon, Dowlais - here is a name index by Brian Wagstaffe

High St Wesley chapel

  • High St, Wesley chapel           Extant records   (8)

Hope CM, Newcastle St (High St?)

  • Newcastle St. Merthyr. Calvinistic Methodist.                1875            (1)
  • Hope Mission CM chapel, High St             SO04970635         Built in 1861, modified, altered or rebuilt 1891    (9)
  • Presbyterian church (Hope), High St                       Rev D C Edwards    1895  (10)
  • Presbyterian church (Hope), Pontmorlais               Seats 800                  Rev John Morgan Jones          1910  (11)
  •  
  • Hope and Market Square United Church Merthyr Tydfil    High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Merthyr CF47 8PN  - still open in 2006

Memorial Hall CM, Newcastle St

  • Newcastle St. Merthyr.                     Part of Hope Chapel.                      1911         (1)

Libanus Welsh CM, White St, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Welsh Calvinistic Methodist.              1852. Re-1870.            Branch of Hebron              (1)
  • Libanus CM, Libanus St, Dowlais                 SO06410822          Built in 1852, modified, altered or rebuilt 1858, not still in use in 1996          (9)
  • Libanus Welsh CM, White St, Dowlais               Seats 650      1895   (10)               and  Rev David Charles Roberts  1910  (11)

Merthyr Vale English CM chapel

  • Merthyr Vale English CM             Seats 500           Rev E Glandon Davies                  1895   (10)                    and  [no minister's name]  1910  (11)
  • Is this the same place as Trinity Presbyterian below ?

Merthyr Vale English Primitive Methodist chapel

  • Merthyr Vale English Primitive Methodist chapel  (Nelson Circuit)         Seats 300               1910  (11)

Moriah Welsh CM (Cae Chapel), Field St, Cefn Coed y Cymmer

  • Field St. Cefn Coed. Welsh Calvinistic Methodist.               1807             (1)
  • Moriah CM (Cae chapel), Field St, Cefn -              SO03640763              Built in 1807, rebuilt 1886, possibly demolished  by 2000                   (9)
  • Moriah CM, Cefn-Coed-Cymmer           Seats 200             1895  (10)            and   Seats 400         1910   (11)

Mount Moriah Primitive Methodist, ?

  • ?. Primitive Methodist.              1847/1848.              David Thomas. Local Preacher. 43. Cyfarthfa Row.    1851 Religious Census      (1)

Nazareth Presbyterian, Yew St, Troedyrhiw

  • Troedyrhiw. Yew St. Presbyterian.          1868.      Re-built 1897.  1926. Closed.              (1)
  • Methodist, Troedyrhiw    Extant records   (8)                                             [right place?]
  • Nazareth CM chapel, Yew St, Troedyrhiw       SO07010227      Built in 1858, modified, altered or rebuilt 1897, still in use in 1996       (9)
  • Capel Nazareth Welsh CM, Troed-y-rhiw                Rev T R Lloyd                    1895   (10)              and  [no minister named]    1910   (11)

Pennsylvania CM, Pontmorlais

  • Pontmorlais. Calvinistic Methodist.        1793.         Enlarged 1834.           Evan John. Elder. Pontmorlais Chapel House.                 1851 Religious Census   (1)
  • Pennsylvania alias Pontmorlais CM               Extant records   (8)
  • Pontmorlais Welsh CM                      Seats 1300         1895   (10)                 and   1910  (11) 
  • 1829 December 9; Calvanistic Methodist; the Pensylvania Chapel situated at Pontmorlais; David WILLIAMS, Dissenting Minister    (6)

Penuel CM, Gilfach Cynon Rd, Twynyrodyn

  • Twynyrodyn. Calvinistic Methodist.              1860.             Closed after 1994       (1)
  • Penuel CM chapel, Gilfach Cynon Rd, Twynyrodyn           SO05600581            Built in 1860                   (9)
  • Penuel Welsh CM Twyn-y-rodin       Seats 800          1895   (10)             and Rev Joan/?John Davies   1910  (11)

 

Primitive Methodist (English), Merthyr Vale

  • Primitive Methodist (English), Merthyr Vale         Seats 300       1895  (10)

Radcliffe Hall, Penydarren

  • Penydarren. High St. Presbyterian.                   1905           (1)

St David's English Wesleyan Methodist church (Spiritualist Church), Wyndham St, Troed-y-rhiw

  • St David's English Wesleyan Methodist church (Spiritualist Church), Wyndham St, Troed-y-rhiw     SO07100237 Built in 1798, modified, altered or rebuilt 1893            (9)

English Wesleyan, Troedyrhiw

  • Troedyrhiw. English Wesleyan Methodist.            1852              (1)                  [same place?]
  • English Wesleyan Troed-y-rhiw                                          1895  (10)                    and   1910   (11)

Saron Welsh Wesleyan chapel, John St, Treharris

  • Saron Welsh Wesleyan, John St, Treharris     ST09779700           Built in 1895, not still in use in 1998           (9)
  • Saron Welsh Wesleyan, John St, Treharris  (Merthyr Tydfil Welsh Circuit)               Built in 1895    Rev John Edward Thomas   1910  (11)
  • John St Wesleyan, Treharris         Extant records  (8)

Shilo Welsh Wesleyan, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Welsh Wesleyan Methodist.             1831.             Thomas Price. Class Leader and Local Preacher. Tailor. Horse St.                     1851 Religious Census     (1)

Shiloh Wesleyan, ?                    [right one? - see below]

  • Wesleyan.               1811.               Informant: William Watkins. Tramroadside near St David's Church.        1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • Cymraeg (Shiloh), Dowlais            SO0608          Built in 1811, modified, altered or rebuilt 1820, 1828 and 1854      Denomination not given               (9)                                        [right place?]

Shiloh Wesleyan, Heolwermood

  • Heolwermood (Victoria St?). Wesleyan. ?.            Re-Built 1828.            Thomas Williams. Society Steward.  Victoria St.               1851 Religious Census        (1)  

South St CM chapel, Dowlais

  • South St CM chapel, Dowlais       SO06540764         Built in the Late C20th style, original built in 1826 and demolishd in 1932 - not clear whether new chapel built at this time      (9)

Temperance Hall Wesleyan Reformed, John St

  • Pontmorlais? Wesleyan Methodist Reformed.              Thomas Maddy, Local Preacher. Pontmorlais.         1851 Religious Census     (1)
  • The Temperance Hall in John St, erected in 1852, will hold  'upwards of 1200 people'       1895   (10)
  • Wesleyan English, John St, Treharris  (Aberdare Circuit)            Seats 330        Built in 1893, rebuilt in 1900.  Rev William Calvert, supt    1910   (11)
  • 1852 - PUBLIC MEETING OF WESLEYANS, TEMPERANCE HALL, MERTHYR: MR. IVEY, SWANSEA GIVES ADDRESS (7)

Treharris Primitive Methodist chapel, Treharris

  • Treharris Primitive Methodist chapel, Treharris             ST0996                     Built in 1887                  (9)
  • Primitive Methodist, Treharris                    Built in 1890                   Seats 300                  1895  (10)

Trinity CM/Presbyterian, Wesley Place, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale

  • Trinity CM/Presbyterian, Wesley Place, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale         ST077995       Built in 1865, modified, altered or rebuilt 1904          (9)
  • "The (Anglican) church at Ynys-owen, Merthyr Vale, originally erected by Messrs Nixon & co, colliery proprietors, as a Presbyterian church, is a building of stone with 400 sittings. There has been a curate in charge since 1893"          1895     (10)                         [same place?]
  • Trinity Merthyr Vale English CM chapel   - still open in 2006

Wesleyan (Welsh), Church St

  • Wesleyan (Welsh), Church St         Seats 1200          Rev Robert Emrys Jones          1895   (10)    and    Rev Hugh Owen Hughes, supt              1910   (11)

Wesleyan, Merthyr Vale

  • Wesleyan, Merthyr Vale                                  1895  (10)                         and   Welsh Wesleyan    Seats 400       Rev Hugh Owen Hughes, supt              1910   (11)

Wesleyan Methodist (Forward Movement), Perrot St, Treharris

  • Wesleyan Methodist (Forward Movement), Perrot St, Treharris      ST09749684            Built in 1880, modified, altered or rebuilt 1890, not still in use in 1998                  (9)

English Wesleyan chapel, John St, Treharris

  • Wesleyan Methodist, John St, Treharris        ST09749697            (9)
  • English Wesleyan, John St, Treharris                     Built in 1883           Seats 118                1895   (10)

Wesleyan ?

  • A Hired Room. Methodist.           1830.           James Jones. Steward. Brick maker.          1851 Religious Census    (1)

Wesleyan Reformed ?, Dowlais or Penywern

  • Dowlais or Penywern? Wesleyan Methodist Reformed?                    Henry Davies. Steward. Grocer. Penywern. Dowlais.           1851 Religious Census     (1)

Zion Wesleyan Methodist, Bridge St, Aberfan

  •  Zion Wesleyan Methodist, Bridge St, Aberfan        SO07140015     Built in 1891   (9)

Unallocated Methodist entries from Dissent in the Counties of Glamorgan and Monmouth           (6)

  • 1812, November 20; Presbyterian; a dwelling house and schoolroom thereto attached situated at Yns y Bont in the occupation of William MORGAN, schoolmaster; the said William MORGAN, Daniel DAVIES, John LEWIS, John JONES, Chris. JAMES, David WILLIAMS, William WILLIAMS, John WILLIAMS, David DAVIS   (6)
  • 1819 January 22; Presbyterian; a room situated near Messrs. Lewis's Meat Market; the room being in the occupation of Joseph COFFIN; the said Joseph COFFIN, David WILLIAMS, Willaim WILLIAMS, William HOWELLS, Morgan DAVIES    (6)

 

Other   (inc. un-identified)

Cemeteries

Cemetery, Cefn Coed-y-cymmer

  • The Cemetery at Cefn Coed-y-cymmer  was formed in 1859, comprises 21 acres            1895  (10)
  • Photograph of Cemetery buildings on Alan George's site

Cemetery, Aberfan

  • The cemetery at Aberfan was formed in 1877, 3 acres                        1895   (10)

Cemetery, Beechgrove

  • Cemetery at Beechgrove formed in 1888, 3 acres      1895  (10)

Cemetery, Pant, Dowlais

  • The cemetery at Pant was opened in 1860, 15 acres           1895   (10)
  • Images of Pant Cemetery, near Merthyr Tydfil, by Brian Wagstaffe

Roman Catholic

Coffee Tavarn, Merthyr Vale

  • Merthyr Vale. Roman Catholic. ????                 (1)

St Aloysius RC.. Gurnos Estate

  • Gurnos Estate. Roman Catholic.         1977.           Aft 1992               (1)

St Benedicts, Merthyr Vale

  • Merthyr Vale. Roman Catholic.            1908     (1)

St Illtyds, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Roman Catholic.          1847        (1)
  • The Catholic church dedicated to St Iltutus was founded in 1846 and rebuilt in 1893           Rev John Cuthbert Pippet and Rev John Wilfrid Baines, priests      1895  (10)
  • There is a photograph of this chapel on the Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil section of Alan George's  site
  • Roman Catholic, George town and Dowlais      Rev Patrick Millea and Rev Michael Sinnott      Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • St Illtyds Catholic Church, Dowlais      Very Rev Canon Ralph Lucan; Rev James B McLoughlin; Rev Thomas Noblett, priests                   1910  (11)
  • See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg

There is an entry as below which I'm assuming is a transcription error and in fact relates to the above St Illtyds

  • St. Detutus' Chapel, Dowlais. Roman Catholic.            1844.             James Dawson. Roman Catholic Priest. Dowlais.            1851 Religious Census     (1)
  • Comment by Merthyr Library; " Regarding St. Detutus' Chapel, built in Dowlais in 1844  you are quite correct in thinking that this is in fact is a mis-transcription of St. Illtyd or a Latinized version of the name.  The records date back to 1836 but the present church was built in 1844 and the term St. Detutus is only used on the 1851 Religious Census; therefore the name is not commonly known. .............. "

 

St Mary, Merthyr Vale

  • Merthyr Vale. Roman Catholic.               1926?  (1)

St Mary's, Tramroad, George town

  • There is an article by Holley, T F. St Mary's Catholic church, Tramroadside, Merthyr, 1866. Merthyr Historian. Vol. 11 (2000), p. 127-129    (2)
  • Roman Catholic, George town and Dowlais    Rev Patrick Millea and Rev Michael Sinnott      Slaters Directory 1858-1859
  • There is a photograph of this chapel on the Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil section of Alan George's  site                                    

St Mary, The Walk/ Brecon Road. Merthyr

  • Brecon Road. Merthyr. Roman Catholic.            1894        (1)
  • St Mary's Catholic church at Penydarren Park was erected in 1893/4            Rev Canon B S Wade and Rev H B Polding, priests          1895  (10)
  • St Mary's Catholic church, Penydarren Park    Rev T A Hind; Rev G E Hind, priests             1910   (11)
  • There is a photograph of this chapel on the Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil section of Alan George's  site
  • See Bap/Mar/Bur data on  FreeReg
  • There is a book/article Early Catholic priests : Father J. Carroll. Merthyr Historian. Vol. 11 (2000), p. 101-103   (2)

Unitarian, Hen Dy Cwrdd, Old Chapel Rd, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Unitarian.                1747. Re-1853.1895.          1991       (1)
  • MI indexes etc   (3)
  • Extant records  (8)
  • Hen-dy-cwrdd (Unitarian), Old Chapel Rd, Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer      SO03210786       Built in 1747 or 1751, rebuilt in 1853 and again after storm damage in 1895, still in use in 1985               (9)
  • Unitarian, Cefn                    Seats 450                  Rev J H Davies       1895   (10)                         and     Seats 300 Rev John Hathren Davies   1910  (11)
  • The Old Meeting House, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer.
    Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Unitarian.     bef. 1800.     Owen Evans. Minister. Cefn Coed.     1851 Religious Census  (1)
  •  
  • See Welsh Chapels and Churches for a photograph
  •  
  • Information about Hen-Dy-Cwrdd Unitarian Church can be found at the Unitarian Society web-site
  • There is a photograph of this chapel on the Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil section of Alan George's  site
  • Listed as still open on the General Assembly of Unitarian & Free Christian Churches site
  • The History of the Hen Dy Cwrdd Cefn Coed Y Cymmer by LEWIS, Tom (date?)

Hen Dy Cwrdd Vestry, Old Chapel Rd, Cefn

  • Cefn. Old Chapel Road.     Unitarian.                 1838   (1)

Unitarian, Court S

  • Unitarian, Court St                           Seats 400          Rev David John Williams        1895   (10)
  • Unitarian, Court St                    Rev Peter Livingston         Slaters Directory 1858-1859

Unitarian, White Street, Dowlais

  • White Street? Unitarian         1821?         George Lunn. Minister             1851 Religious Census     (1)
  • White St, Dowlais                         Seats 200                          1895  (10)
  • Unitarian, Dowlais              SO0608                        Built in 1881    ?        (9)
  • Unitarian (Welsh) , White St, Dowlais       Seats 200                Rev John P Kane                 1910   (11)

Thomas St Unitarian, Lower Thomas St

  • Thomas Street. Merthyr. Unitarian.        1901.         Demolished 1970's.         Replaced Twynyrodyn Chapel       (1)
  • Thomas St Unitarian chapel (Spiritualist church), Lower Thomas St            SO05120621      Built in 1821 and rebuilt 1901, still in use in 1997               (9)
  • Unitarian, Thomas St       Seats 200?        Rev David John Williams           1910   (11)

Unitarian chapel, Twynyrodyn

  • Twynyrodyn Unitarian Presbyterian                    Extant records   (8)

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

  • Twynyrodyn Unitarian Chapel, Merthyr Tydfil records comprising of published sermon preached on 12 November 1876 by Reverend NR Williams
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  • Unitarian, South East Wales Chapel Records

Apostolic, Pentecostal

Bethel Apostolic, Brecon Rd

  • Brecon Road. Merthyr.  Apostolic.            1983      (1)

Elim Pentecostal

  • Dowlais. Pentecostal.          1995.                Still there in 1995   (1)

Jerusalem Pentecostal, Court St

  • Court Street. Merthyr. Pentecostal.          1911.            Closed after 1992     (1)

Pentecostal Mission, Pontycapel Rd, Penheolgerrig

  • Pontycapel Road.  Penheolgerrig.  Pentecostal.             1946        (1)

Latter Day Saints

General

  • 16 February 1849 EMIGRATION FROM MERTHYR & CARMARTHENSHIRE OF MORMONS TO CALIFORNIA - VIA SWANSEA (TWO ITEMS)    (7)

Latter Day Saints - room adjoining the Ivy Bush near the Iron Bridge

  • 1850 January 15; Latter Day Saints; a room adjoining the Ivy Bush near the Iron Bridge; John DAVIS of the parish of Merthyr Tydfil    (6)

Bute Arms Room, Dowlais

  • Dowlais. Latter Day Saints.          Since 1800.          William Thomas. 1851 Religious Census (1)

Cymreigyddion Hall

  • Or White Lion Inn Hall. ? Latter Day Saints.           Aft 1800.      William Phillips. Elder. 14 Castle Street. 1851 Religious Census    (1)
  • 1846 March 27; Latter Day Saints; a hall called the Cymreigyddion Hall being over the White Lion Inn; Dan JONES of the parish of Merthyr Tydfil    (6)

Latter Day Saints, Swansea Road

  • Swansea Road. Mormon.             1963    (1)

Latter Day Saints Room, Cefn Coed Y Cymmer.

  • Cefn Coed Y Cymmer. Latter Day Saints.      1848.           William Richards. President. Miner. Cefn coed-Y-Cymmer.          1851 Religious Census (1)  

Latter Day Saints, Penydarren.

  • Penydarren.  (Adjoin Masons Arms). Latter Day Saints. ?.           John Jones. Elder. Care of Thomas Griffiths. Baker. Gellifaelog Bridge.          1851 Religious Census  (1)    

New Inn Room, Penydarren?

  • Penydarren? Latter Day Saints. ?             Thomas Llewellyn. Elder. High St. Penydarren.            1851 Religious Census.  (1)

Twynyrodyn or Georgetown

  • 1847, July 29 Latter Day Saints: a house the residence of Thomas EVANS [same one as below?], situated in Shepperd's Row, George Town, William JENKINS of Cardiff    (6)

Jehovah's Witness

Kingdom Hall, Newcastle St. Merthyr

  • Newcastle St. Merthyr. Jehovah's Witnesses.            1855.             Built 1855 as Salem            (1)

Jewish

Synagogue, Victoria St. Merthyr

  • Victoria St. Merthyr. Jewish Congregation.          1848.           Joseph Barnett. President. Moses Lewis Isaacs, Secretary.          1851 Religious Census    (1)

Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue, Church St/Bryntirion Rd

  • Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue (Christian Centre), Church St/Bryntirion Rd            SO05200625     Built in 1872-5 as a synagogue, a Christian Centre by 1998                 (9)

Jewish Synagogue, Thomas town

  • "The Jewish Synagogue is at the top of Thomas Town, facing High St"        Rev Abraham Abelson, rabbi and  Rev Bennett Harry Rosengard, preacher                1895  (10)                     and Rev Eli Bloom  1910  (11)
  • There is a Jewish cemetery at Cefn Coed-y-cymmer    1895   (10)

Quakers

  • Quaker              SO0406                     (9)

SUNDRY

Ainon chapel

  •  Ainon chapel                 SO0406             Denomination not given             Built in 1859            (9)

Bethania chapel, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale

  • Bethania chapel, Ynysowen, Merthyr Vale             ST0799          Denomination not given          Built in 1823, modified, altered or rebuilt 1827 and 1838        (9)        

Bethania, Treharris

  •  Bethania, Treharris      ST0996              Denomination not given                       Built in 1906            (9)

Blaencanaid Farm. (Tir Blaencanaid)

  • Abercanaid?               Welsh Dissenters.             1640-1661.         Re-built 1856.                      (1)
  • Private house for Dissenters in Blaencannaid         Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil

Capel Cwm Y Glo, Pen-yr-heolgerrig

  • ?.                   1690-1749.         Dissenters?                   (1)
  • Cwm-y-glo Chapel, Pen-yr-heolgerrig        SO03550541     Denomination not given       Possibly built before 1689, demolished pre 1999           (9)
  • Private house for Dissenters in Cwm-y-glo, built 1644 and demolished 1752  Chapels and Churches of Merthyr Tydfil

Cefn, Welsh, Cefn Coed-y-cymmer

  • Cefn, Welsh          Seats 500        Denomination not given                1895  (10)                and   1910  (11)

Cwm, Dowlais

  •  Cwm, Dowlais               SO0607          Denomination not given            (9)

Ebenezer Gospel Hall, Twynyrodyn.

  • Twynyrodyn. The Brethren.               1933    (1)

Ebenezer, Thomas St

  • Ebenezer, Thomas St          SO0506 ?         Denomination not given         Source unable to locate Thomas Street in Dowlais but one in Merthyr town centre, so these co-ordinates given              (9)

Edwardsville, Edwardsville

  • Edwardsville, Edwardsville          ST0896       Denomination not given           Built c 1888               (9)

Elizabeth Street, Elizabeth St, Dowlais

  •  Elizabeth Street, Elizabeth St, Dowlais             SO0607      Denomination not given         Built in 1876            (9)

English, Dowlais

  • English, Dowlais        SO0608             Denomination not given           Built in 1830        (9)

English, Lloyds Terrace, Penydarren

  • English, Lloyds Terrace, Penydarren         SO05650734          Denomination not given                  (9)

English, Treharris

  • English, Treharris          ST0996     Denomination not given       Built in 1862, modified, altered or rebuilt 1894.  (9)

Forward Movement, Penyard

  • Penyard. Forward Movement.            1907     (1)

Gellifaelog, Dowlais

  • Gellifaelog, Dowlais        SO0607           Denomination not given                 (9)

Lower High St chapel, Lower High St, Dowlais

  •  Lower High St chapel, Lower High St, Dowlais        SO06420761     Denomination not given                (9)

Mary St chapel, Mary St, Dowlais

  •  Mary St chapel, Mary St, Dowlais                 SO06360777        Denomination not given           (9)

Mission, Dowlais

  •  Mission, Dowlais          SO0707    Denomination not given       Built in 1891   (9)

Mission Room, English, Cefn

  • Mission Room, English, Cefn               Seats 100                  1895   (10)                      and  1910  (11)

Mount Hermon, Aberfan

  • Mount Hermon, Aberfan      SO0700                 Denomination not given              Built in 1899    (9)

Mount Pleasant chapel, Mary St, Treharris

  •  Mount Pleasant, Mary St, Treharris          ST09489695     Denomination not given                 (9)

Mount Pleasant, Penydarren

  •  Mount Pleasant, Penydarren               SO0506           Denomination not given         (9)

Pant, Dowlais

  •  Pant, Dowlais       SO0609         Denomination not given          Built in 1910            (9)

Penydarren Rd chapel, Pontmorlais

  •  Penydarren Rd chapel, Pontmorlais             SO05240684          Denomination not given                (9)

Pen-yr-Incline, Dowlais  

  •  Pen-yr-Incline, Dowlais          SO0707        Denomination not given         (9)

Pontmorlais, High St, Pontmorlais

  • Pontmorlais, High St, Pontmorlais      SO05020644       Denomination not given            Built in 1793, modified, altered or rebuilt 183?, 1855 and 1982, not still in use in 1998               (9)

Pwllhwyiad, Dowlais

  •  Pwllhwyiad, Dowlais            SO0607          Denomination not given             (9)

Rachabite Hall

  • Conversion of Flats Nixonville.                 On The Site of Coffee Tavern            (1)

Radcliffe Hall, Penydarren, Clwydyfagwyr

  • Radcliffe Hall, Penydarren, Clwydyfagwyr           SO0506    Denomination not given         Built in 1905           (9)

Salvation Army chapel

  • Salvation Army chapel                 SO0406                      Built in 1881                        (9)

Twynyrodyn, Twynyrodyn

  •  Twynyrodyn, Twynyrodyn       SO0505         Denomination not given         Built in 1821    (9)

Tydfil Hall, Pontmorlais

  •  Tydfil Hall, Pontmorlais           SO0506   Denomination not given          Not still in use in 1974         (9)

Undenominational Christian Mission Hall, Ivor St, Dowlais

  • Undenominational Christian Mission Hall, Ivor St, Dowlais            1895   (10)                 and          Seats 750     Thomas M Wintle hon supt         1910   (11)

Union St, Merthyr Tydfil

  •   Union St, Merthyr Tydfil             SO0506                      Denomination not given     (9)
 

[Last Updated : 28 April 2013  - Gareth Hicks]

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