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Chapels - Michaelston-super-Avon

This project is fully described on Glamorgan Chapels Database

This Michaelston-super-Avon database compiled by Gareth Hicks
with contributions from;

  • Ken Roberts

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 Wales - Genealogy Help Pages )

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

Additional

All

The book "In the Valley Long Ago" by Graham Hughes 1985 from Dechreuad A Chynnydd Gweithiau Cwmafan by John Rowlands first published in Aeron Afan 1853

It covers the early years of Cwmavon and has a list of chapels of that period.

  • Sion Independents built ........ 1821 members 350
  • Rock, Independents 1839 120
  • Bethania Baptists 1850 100
  • Calvinist Methodists 1837 120
  • Penuel Baptists 1844 270
  • English Wesleyans 1849 40
  • Pontrhydyfen Calvinist Methodists built 1826, members 111
  • Baptists no permanent building, members 30.
  • Bryn Baptists, no permanent chapel building, members 40
  • Independents, no permanent building, members 40
  • Calvinist Methodists, no permanent chapel building, members 40.
  • Established Church (pews taken) 300
  • Church services are said in Bryn and Pontrhydyfen on the Sabbath in the schools.

The foreword mentions the "insufferable Mr Biddulph, manager of the works for the Bank of England and fanatic High Churchman who, with the aid of his wife, orders Nonconformist Welsh-speaking children to be marched off to Church service under the threat of being caned later if they don't show up"

(Ken Roberts)

Baptist

Bethania Baptist chapel, Cwmafan

  • Bethania Baptist chapel, Cwmafan SS78699256 Built in 1850, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1858 (8)

Penuel Baptist (Welsh), Cwmavon

  • Penuel Baptist (Welsh), Cwmavon Seats 900 Rev Robert S Morris 1895 (6)
  • Penuel Baptist (Welsh), Cwmavon Seats 700 Rev Robert Seiriol Morris 1910 (7)
  • Penuel Baptist chapel, Cwmafan, Llanfihangel-Ynys-Afan-isaf SS78229209 Built in 1844, modified, altered or rebuilt in 1856 (8)
  • Baptist, Pennywell (Welsh) Rev. Jno. Rowlands, minister 1871 (9)
  • Baptist chapel, Cwm Avon Rev John Rowlands - in Slaters Directory for 1858-1859
  • Penuel Baptist, Cwmafan Erected in 1844 David Thomas, Minister, Aberavan 1851 (10)

Rock Baptist chapel, Cwmafan

  • Rock Baptist chapel, Cwmafan SS79329345 Built in 1838 (8)

Tabor Baptist, Cwmavon

  • Tabor Baptist, Cwmavon Seats 300 1910 (7)

Siloh Baptist chapel, Efail-fach

  • Siloh Baptist chapel, Efail-fach SS78849488 (8)

Baptist chapel, Pontrhydyfen

  • Baptist chapel, Pontrhydyfen. Here is a Baptist chapel erected in 1856, seats 400 1910 (7)
  • Baptist chapel, Pontrhydyfen listed in Slaters Directory for 1858-1859

Congregationalist

Bethania Independent chapel, Cwmafan

  • There is a book; Bethania, Cwmafan, 1850-1950. Cyfarfodydd dathlu canmlwyddiant, Hydref 9-12 1950: trefn y cyfarfodydd a braslun o hanes yr achos, [s.l.: 1950], 12tt. (5)
  • Bethania Welsh Congregational, Cwmavon Seats 500 Rev Griffith Lloyd Evans 1895 (6)
  • Independent, Bethania (Welsh) Rev. Wm. Thomas, minister 1871 (9)
  • Independent chapel, Cwm Avon Rev William Thomas in Slaters Directory for 1858-1859
  • Seion/Bethania Ind chapel, Cwmafan - 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) (Bethania, Tymaen) - with translation by Gareth Hicks (May 2009)

Bethany Welsh Congregational, Cwmavon

  • Bethany Welsh Congregational, Cwmavon Seats 750 Rev Evan Jones 1910 (7) (is this the same place as Bethania ?)

Rock Welsh Independent chapel, Pwllyglaw, Cwmafan

  • Rock Welsh Independent chapel, Cwmafan Opened in 1840, still open in 1992 (1)
  • There is a book; Eglwys y Rock, Cwmafan, 1836-1986 : rhaglen cyfarfodydd dathlu canmlwyddiant a hanner, Medi 21 -28, 1986. [Cwmafan] : [Eglwys y Rock], [1986]. 16p (2)
  • There is a book by Stanley Jones: Eglwys y Rock, Cwmafan: dathlu sefydlu'r achos yn 1836 a dathlu can mlynedd gweinidogaeth tri gweinidog, (Maesteg, c.1957), 20tt. (5)
  • And another book ; Stanley Jones: Eglwys y Rock, Cwmafan, 1836-1986. Rhaglen cyfarfodydd dathlu canmlwyddiant a hanner, Medi 21-28, 1986, (Port Talbot, 1986), 18tt (5)
  • 1839, June 25; Independent; a building called The Rock and Fountain; John Griffiths of that parish (3)
  • Rock Ind Chapel, Pwllyglaw, Cwmavon Erected in 1839 William Thomas, Minister 1851 (10)
  • Rock Ind chapel (no parish) - 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 Heulwen Jenkins (April 2009)

Seion/Zion Welsh Independent, Cwmafan

  • Seion Welsh Independent, Cwmafan Opened in 1824, still open in 1992 (1)
  • There is a book by T.E. Roberts, gol.: Canmlwyddiant eglwys Seion, Cwmafan, 1821-1921: cipdrem ar hanes yr eglwys yn ystod y ganrif, (Port Talbot, d.d.), 41tt. (5)
  • Zion Welsh Congregational, Cwmavon Seats 800 Rev Dan Evans 1895 (6)
  • Zion Welsh Congregational, Cwmavon Seats 750 Rev John Phillips 1910 (7)
  • Independent, Zion (Welsh) Rev. Edwd. Roberts, minister 1871 (9)
  • Independent chapel, Cwm Avon Rev Edward Roberts in Slaters Directory for 1858-1859
  • Zion Ind Chapel Erected in 1822 Edward Roberts, Minister 1851 (10)
  • Seion/Bethania Ind chapel, Cwmafan - 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)

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

  • "Zion Independent Chapel marriage registers, 1908-1988."
    "Zion Independent Chapel in Cwmavon,was in existence by 1908"

Sardis Welsh Congregational, Pontrhydyfen

  • Sardis Welsh Congregational, Pontrhydyfen Seats 400 Rev David Richard Morgan 1910 (7)
  • Sardis Welsh Congregational, Efail-fach SS78649546 Built in 1856, modified, altered or rebuilt 1896 and 1905 (8)
  • Sardis-Macpelah Ind chapel, Efail-fach - 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)

Welsh Congregational, Pwllyglaw

  • Welsh Congregational, Pwllyglaw Rev David Rees 1895 (6)
  • Welsh Congregational, Pwllyglaw (Refers to Rock chapel - is this the same place as Rock, Cwmavon ?)
    Rev David Rees 1910 (7)
  • Independent Welsh, Pwllyglaw - in Slaters Directory for 1858-1859

Tabernacle Independent chapel

  • 1839, March 18; Protestant (endorsed: Independent); a chapel called Tabernacle situated Cumbychan; Richard Thomas of that parish, farmer (3)

Methodist

Dwelling House (Primitive Methodist), Pelly St, Cwmavon

  • Dwelling House (Primitive Methodist), Pelly St, Cwmavon Erected in 1848 Formerly dwelling house John Pryor, Deacon, Pelly St, Cwmavaon 1851 (10)

Wesleyan, Cwmavon

  • Wesleyan, English, Cwmavon 1895 (6)
  • Wesleyan, English, Cwmavon 1910 (7)
  • Wesleyan (English) ministers various 1871 (9)
  • English Wesleyan Erected in 1849 Wm Williams, Minister, Neath 1851 (10)

Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist (Welsh), Cwmafan

  • Calvinistic Methodist (Welsh), Cwmavon Seats 1000 Rev Thomas E Edwards 1895 (6)
  • Calvinistic Methodist (Welsh), Cwmavon Seats 1000 Rev John Henry Howard 1910 (7)
  • Tabernacle CM chapel, Cwmafan SS77909222 Built in 1854, modified, altered or rebuilt 1874, still in use in 2002 (8)
  • Calvinistic Methodist (Welsh) Rev. William Jones, Ynisygwas 1871 (9)
  • Tabernacle Welsh CM Erected in 1837/8 David Davies, Elder, Church Sq, Cwmavon 1851 (10)
  • Tabernacl Cwmafon Welsh CM chapel Tabernacl Terrace, Cwmafan, Aberafan, Castell Nedd ac Aberafan SA12 9H? - still open in 2006

Capel Newydd CM chapel

  • 1827, March 14; Protestant (endorsed: Calvinistic Methodist); a meeting-house called Capel Newydd; William Rees of that parish, farmer (3)

Efail-fach CM chapel (Bryn Seion Mission Room), Efail-fach

  • Efail-fach CM chapel (Bryn Seion Mission Room), Efail-fach SS78649546 Not in use in 1984 (8)

Jerusalem Calvinistic Methodist, Pontrhydyfen

  • There is an entry for Jerusalem, Pontrhydyfen in the index to the book; History of the Methodists in West Glamorgan by The Rev. W Samlet Williams 1916 (Index) (4)
  • Jerusalem Welsh CM, Pontrhydyfen Erected in 1826, rebuilt in 1845 and 1876 Seats 800 1895 (6)
  • Jerusalem Welsh CM, Pontrhydyfen 1910 (7)
  • Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Pontrhydyfen - in Slaters Directory for 1858-1859
  • Pontrhydyfen CM Erected in 1826 John Williams, Manager, Pontrhydyfen Chapel House 1851 (10)

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

  • Jerusalem Chapel, Pontyrhydyfen, marriage registers, 1965-1991

Capel y Cyfylchi (CM ?) chapel, near Pontrhydyfen

  • There is a book by Thomas, Griffith. Lloffyn olaf o faes hynafiaethau Capel y Cyfylchi, ger Pontrhydyfen, Port Talbot. Treorchy : Argraffwyd gan Tom J. Davies, Emlyn Office, [1899]. 126p (2)
  • Entry for 'Gyfylchi - chapel' in History of the Methodists in West Glamorgan by The Rev. W Samlet Williams 1916 (Index) (4)

Salem CM chapel

  • Salem Welsh CM chapel 1910 (7)

Other

Bible Christian, Providence (Welsh)

  • Bible Christian, Providence (Welsh) - ministers various 1871 (9)

Machpelah, Michaelstone Higher

  • Machpelah, Michaelstone Higher SS7994 Built in 1896 Denomination not given (8)

Cwmafan, Cwmafon (sic)

  • Cwmafan, Cwmafon SS78359226 Built in 1850 Denomination not given (8)

[Last Updated : 16 Dec 2011 - Gareth Hicks]