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Chapels database

This project is fully described on Glamorgan Chapels Database

This Swansea database compiled by Jeff Coleman with contributions from;

This list embraces the area covered by  the Swansea parishes of St Mary's, St John's and St Thomas's

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

Additional sources

 

 

Baptist

Albert Hall Baptist(?) chapel

The Albert Hall ( formerly the Music Hall, now a bingo venue) was the venue for a very personal mission by Rev. Oscar Snelling. Somebody on the Glamorgan list is related to a protege of Snelling's called CURTISS who went from newspaper-seller to evangelist. I don't think he was a baptist, but not sure.  [ lookup needed]   (JC)

Bethany English Baptist, Bryn Rd, Waunarlwydd

Bethlehem, Groft   Particular Baptist

Bethesda, High Street

Bethesda Welsh Baptist, Bethesda St, Prince of Wales Rd

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

Calfaria Welsh Baptist Chapel, Carmarthen Road, Fforestfach; Raven Hill  

Capel Gomer Welsh Baptist, Carlton Terrace and Orchard St

These seem to have been associated, but not the same place.
The 1878 Ordnance Survey Map of the Centre of Swansea, published by West Glamorgan Archive Service 1993, shows the Orchard Street premises as Gospel Hall (bapt.) and the Carlton Terrace premises as Mt. Zion Chapel (General Bapt.)
The 1897 Ordnance Survey Map of the Centre of Swansea shows 'Baptist Chapel' in Carlton Terrace and the building formerly the gospel hall still in existence but not noted as a chapel. [A different chapel (Alexandra I think) is in a different location in Orchard Street.]
Carlton Terrace premises was rebuilt 1962.   Appears still open 2006       (JC)

See also Mount Zion below

Eaton Rd English Baptist

Ebenezer Baptist, Ebenezer St

This chapel was originally Welsh Independent but in late 20th century became Baptist, with merger of the congregation from Bethesda, which was in poor repair.  Appears still open 2006      (JC)

Gendros Baptist Church, Penrhos Place, Swansea

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

Gorse Lane English Baptist

Libanus Welsh Baptist chapel, Caebricks, Carmarthen Rd, Cwmbwrla

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

Building still standing but not in use 2006       (JC)

Demolished by fire (News item 21 Jan 2012)

Little Madoc St Baptist (St Helen's, English)

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

On 1878 map [Cambrian 1876??] later Spring Terrace       (JC)

These two above entries refer to the same chapel
Part of Little Madoc Street was re-named Spring Terrace between 1878 map and 1897 map.
[ not the same building as Salvation Army Spring Terrace Tabernacle]    (JC)

Manselton Welsh Baptist chapel, Cecil St/Walters St, Glandwr, Manselton

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

Memorial, Walters Rd

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

 New building still in use 2006     (JC)

Mount Calvary English Baptist, Ysgol St/Danygraig Rd, Danygraig

Mount Calvary English Baptist, Cecil St/Elgin St, Manselton

Mount Pleasant

Gower Street and Heathfield Street were both almost entirely bombed out (apart from this chapel, which stands out in aeial photos of blitzed area) and were replaced by Kingsway after WW2.
Still active 2006     (JC)

Mount Zion English Baptist chapel, Cradock St

Same location as modern Capel Gomer, in Carlton Terrace facing down Cradock Street.    (JC)

Pant-y-Gwydyr English Baptist, Glanbrydan Ave, Uplands

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

Still active 2006   (JC)

Philadelphia Welsh Baptist, Neath Rd, Pentre, Hafod

Building still standing 2006, but not in use   (JC)

Siloam Baptist, Goetre Fach Rd, Killay

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

 Still active 2006    (JC)

Sketty Baptist, Carnglas Road.

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

Tabernacle English Baptist, Skinner St/Wheatfield St

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

Townhill

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

Still in use 2006            (JC)

Zion Welsh Baptist, Roseland Rd, Waunarlwydd

York Place

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

Still in use 2006    (JC)

 

Congregationalist

Bethel English (Now URC), Sketty Park Rd           SS62309248

The chapel near Sketty Green was built in 1770 for the Welsh congregation. At some time after the Welsh congregation moved in 1842 to a new chapel in Carnglas Road, the original building became the home of Bethel English Congregational Church.
*Source (12) above is misleading in suggesting that the 1842 rebuilding was on the same site.

 

Bethel Welsh (Bethel Sgeti), Carnglas Road, Sketty        SS62329317  

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

See Bethel English/URC above for clarification of the confusion between the two Bethel chapels in Sketty

Capel Sion (Zion) Ind, High St

Carmarthen Rd Congregational chapel, Carmarthen Rd

Castle Street

Cwmbwrla Welsh Ind, Carmarthen Rd, Cwmbwrla   (Capel y Gāt )

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

Danygraig Congregational chapel

Ebenezer

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

Ebenezer Ind chapel, Dunvant

Fabian's Bay English Independent, Balaclava St, St Thomas

Fleet St English Ind, St Helen's

Gendros English Congregational chapel, Carmarthen Rd, Fforestfach

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

Building still there apparently in use 2006     (JC)

[ May be in Llangyfelach - must check]

Henrietta Welsh Ind, Henrietta St

Still in use 2006              (JC)

Hill English Ind, North Hill Rd

[I think known as North Hill chapel]   (JC)Countess of Huntingdon chapel, Burrows, Herbert Place

The original building on the Burrows (Adelaide Place) was up for sale 1876/7 and the new building was in St. Helen's Road was built about the same time. Plenty in the  'Cambrian' about it.
The 'new' building has been long gone. Not sure whether WW2 or earlier    (JC)

English Congregational, Manselton Rd, Manselton

Not demolished, still in use 2006, now called Christwell           (JC)
[ Check  Major renovations in last 15 years or so]   

Rhyddings Ind chapel

Located on corner of Rhyddings Park Road and Rhyddings Terrace.
Still there, apparently still in use 2006 [check]
Is this actually the Calvinistic Methodist chapel   i.e the source is in error ?   (JC)

St Helen's Rd Ind chapel

Not sure, but might be same as St. Pauls - leave as it is [check]   (JC)

Saint Paul's English Ind chapel, St Helen's Rd/Ave

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

Listed building, at one time a cinema, now Miah's restaurant (2006)    (JC)

Sardis, Swansea Rd, Waunarlwydd

Saron Congregational Chapel, Upper King'S Head Road, Raven Hill

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

Siloam Welsh Ind, Llangyfelach Rd, Pentre Estyll

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

Singleton   English  Ind    Clarence Terrace

Now St. Philip's Community Centre, Bathurst Street, Swansea. SA1 3QT on the corner of Clarence Terrace. There is a 'Jesus Army' congregation using these premises  but it is also the base for Swansea Claimants Union,  and I think is a local authority building now.      (JC)

Congregational church, Dyfed Ave, Townhill

Upper Killay Congregational Church

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

Waenwen Schoolroom, Waenwen   Independents

[Research needed but I think might have ended up as North Hill Chapel]       (JC)Walter Rd   English/Welsh

Lots on this in the Cambrian - one of the most fashionable and influential chapels in 1870s.
Site now a block of flats.   (JC)

Zoar Welsh Ind, Carmarthen Rd

 

 

Methodist

English Wesleyan Swansea/Gower Circuit

Welsh Wesleyan Swansea Circuit

 Alexander Road CM

Alexander Road,Tabernacle, Wesleyan Argyle CM

Babell Welsh CM, Cwmdu/Cwmbwrla

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

Bellevue St chapel, Bellevue St

Bethany chapel English CM, Edward St

Bethel   CM, Manseltown                  

Brunswick English Wesleyan

College Street, Wesley Mission, Wesleyan

Cruglas Welsh CM, Prince of Wales Rd, Hafod (Greenhill?)

United Methodist church, Delhi St, St Thomas

English Wesleyan, Dunvant

Goat Street/Bunkers Hill, Wesleyan

Gorse Mission Forward Movement Hall

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

Hafod Wesleyan Methodist, Neath Rd, Hafod

Hebron English CM,       Dehli St ?

Presbyterian chapel, High St

Jerusalem CM, Carmarthen Rd, Waunarlwydd

Jubilee    Primitive Methodist     Pell St

Wesleyan Methodist, Eaton Rd, Manselton

Marlborough Rd   CM

United Methodist, Neath Rd

United Methodist, Lower Oxford St

See also entry for Bible Christians below

Oxford St English Wesleyan

 Pell Street, English Wesleyan

Rhyddings English CM, Park Rd

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

[See also under Argyle and Rhyddings above]St Albans Road, Wesleyan

St Andrew's United Reformed Church

St Andrew's English CM (URC), Kafel Centre, St Helen's Rd

St Helens Road, Wesleyan

Methodist church, Dilwyn Rd, Sketty

Wesleyan chapel, Sketty

Terrace Road English CM, Mount Pleasant

Tabernacle,Tontine Street, Wesleyan

Tontine Mission CM, Tontine St

Tower Lane Chapel, High St     Primitive Methodist

Townhill English Wesleyan

 

Mount Moriah  English CM    Town Hill        

Trinity, Park Street, CM

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

 

Trinity Welsh CM, Glanmor Park Rd, Sketty

This note posted to the Glamorgan mailing list in Oct 2013
"Three Welsh Calvinistic Methodist chapels along the Carmarthen Road from the centre of Swansea - Crug Glas, Babell and Jerusalem, had discussions about whether to merge as all had small congregations and old premises expensive to maintain. Comparing the apparent condition of the premises, a decision was made to close Crug Glas and Babell, and to worship together at Jerusalem. Babell was demolished. Crug Glas was sold and later demolished, and a community centre now stands on the site. Once the congregations had united at Jerusalem that building was also found to have structural problems and it was closed, remaining members transferring to Trinity Calvinistic Methodist, Glanmor Park Road, Sketty. This Trinity chapel had been built using the 'war damage' compensation received after the destruction of Trinity CM, Park Street, by bombing during WW2. Jerusalem chapel has also since been demolished. It was on Carmarthen Road on the way to the Fforestfach traffic lights."

Waunwen Wesleyan chapel

 

Other (inc un-identified)

Cemetries

Catholic Churches

See present day details on Diocese of Menevia

Cathedral Church of St Joseph

Our Lady of Lourdes

Holy Cross  Upper King's Head Road, Gendros

St Benedict  Lythrid Avenue, Sketty

St Davids  St David's Place, City Centre

St Illtyd  St Illtyd's Crescent

Apostolic Church, Mount Pleasant

Bethel Mission (Pentecostal), Hopkins St, Glandwr, Manselton

Bible Christians

See also entry above under United Methodist chapel, Lower Oxford St

Christians    Unsectarian                George St Hall

Christadelphians

City Temple Elim Pentecostal, Dyfatty St

Cockett Wood Park chapel, Cockett Wood Park

Cromwell Rd chapel, Cromwell Rd

Hall, Dunvant

Fleet St Mission, Fleet St

Forward Movement Church, Port Tennant Rd, St Thomas

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

Godre Park Schoolroom, Godre Park

Gorlan Y, Dunvant

Gospel Hall, George St

Gower Rd, Waunarlwydd, (Cockett?)

Graig chapel, St Thomas

Grove Place chapel, Grove Place

Hafod Mission

Hen Babell (Old Babell Schoolroom), Cwmbwrla

Hen Gapel, St Thomas

Islamic Centre, St Helen's Rd

Jews

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

There is a book; Saunders, Neville H. Swansea Hebrew congregation, 1730-1980. Swansea : Swansea Hebrew Congregation, [1980]      (3)

Killay chapel, Killay

Kingdom Hall (First Church of Christ Scientist), Walter Rd/Mirador Crescent, Uplands

Latter Day Saints

Manselton chapel, Manselton

Manselton Gospel Hall, Phillip St, Manselton

Mission chapel, Quarry St

Mission Room, Swansea

Mount Tabor,  Townhill ?

Mount Zion chapel

Orchard St chapel (Gospel Mission), Pleasant St/Richards Place

Oxford St Mission, Oxford St

Oxford St chapel, Oxford St

Port Tennant chapel

Quakers

Swansea Quakers

Richardson St chapel, Richardson St

Sailors Chapel on the Quay

Seamen's chapel   Adelaide St

Salvation Army Citadel, Richardson St/Rd

Seventh Day Adventist Church, Gower Rd, Sketty

Sidney St chapel, Sidney St

Sjomanns Kirken, Norwegian Church, Swansea

Broadway chapel, Sketty (Cockett?)

Sketty chapel (Cockett?)

Sketty chapel, Carnglass Rd, Sketty

Sketty chapel, Sketty

Strand Mission, Strand

Tabernacle, Carmarthen Rd

Townhill chapel, Townhill

High Street, Unitarian

Swansea Unitarian

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

Hall, Llythrid Ave, Uplands

Uplands chapel, Uplands

Wassail Sq Mission, Wassail Square

Sunday school, Carmarthen Rd, Waunarlwydd

Waun Wen Mission Room, 205 Carmarthen Rd & Lamb St

Ynysforgan chapel, Uplands

 


Cruglas Cemetery

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A public notice appeared in the South Wales Evening Post newspaper on 19th October 1998, giving details of the intention to remove human remains, tombstones and monuments from the Grug Glas church graveyard, Swansea, in order to build an apartment block, and sets out the procedures available to those whose ancestors or loved ones are buried in the graveyard which was once attached to Grug Glas Calvinistic Methodist Chapel.An observant member of the Glamorgan "Rootsweb" genealogy mailing list spotted the notice and drew it to the attention of fellow List members. I decided to visit the churchyard for myself and share my experience with you....

Report on Grug Glas Graveyard

Briefly, the graveyard is in an appalling state of neglect!! There are, I would guess, well over 100 gravestones, many of whose inscriptions are still perfectly legible. The earliest I saw dated from the 1830s, and the latest was from 1920 -- but obviously I did not do a full survey. Some of the gravestones are badly eroded, and others have toppled over or collapsed. The graveyard is on sloping land, and is heavily overgrown. Maintenance of the site would have to be done by hand. Access to the graveyard on foot is good at two points, but two of the boundaries of the graveyard overlook a sheer drop of at least 20 feet, supported by a retaining wall. There is no sign of the chapel which once adjoined the graveyard.

Follow-up report: 5½ years later (12 May 2004)

Curious to know the outcome of the story reported above, I re-visited Grug Glas graveyard on 12 May 2004. Part of the burial yard has been destroyed and the remainder is totally enclosed in six-foot-high wooden fencing, preventing access. Some of the gravestones are still in-situ, while others have been removed from their original positions and stood upright against the fencing. The whole area is overgrown with dense vegetation. One wonders what will happen if any descendants of the deceased decide to visit the graves of their ancestors!

John Ball

 

 


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