Religious buildings Photogrpahs

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The Transformation of St Mary’s Church Trelewis
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The church in Trelewis was built in 1887,  a chapel of ease, dedicated to St. Mary. It was a very busy church for many years and many of the local  people got married at the Church…Just like many other religious buildings in our district It started to lose a lot of it’s congregation and it was finally closed to the public…its congregation were to be cared for at St Mathias Church in Treharris…

In 2004 the church was bought by a young couple who wanted to turn it into a home for themselves and their planned future family…but they wanted to retain a lot of the features and character of the old building…after many years of work, that Dean and his wife have yet to fully complete, here are the results of their labours.

It is always a terrible shame and loss to the community when a church closes, thankfully St Marys was not demolished, Dean and his wife have done a fantastic job redeveloping the church and they both love living there…It is a family home now and they let us have some photographs to show the transformation.

A Massive thank you to Dean and his family for allowing us to use these photographs…and for welcoming us into their home.

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How the old church was.

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What it looks like Today

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 Below we see the Trinity Chapel built in 1908

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Sadly in 2016 the main Chapel was demolished to make way for a new home.

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Ebenezer chapel below was a place I often frequented as a school child, we always had the school Harvest day there, sadly it is now demolished but thanks to Steve Brewer I have the photograph below, Steve is currently in the process of writing a book about the Non-Conformist Chapels in the Merthyr Area.

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Taff Merthyr Garden Village Chapel(below) Methodist

 

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No longer in use as a Chapel, it is now a family home

Treharris Religious Buildings

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Evangelist Church near Spencer place Treharris(above)

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Above we see two pics of Bethania Church, Penn street Treharris

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Treharris Tabernacle Church

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Front door of Tabernacle church

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Memorial stone on the side of Tabernacle Chapel

Bethel Church,Perrott Street Treharris

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Sadly it is no longer in use as a church

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Bethel Church in better days

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Two plaques on the walls of Bethel Church

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Elim Chapel John Street.

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The original Church in Perrott Street replaced by the one below

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Church of Forward Movement Perrott Street, Now demolished

Brynhyfryd Church opposite Royal Hotel

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Below is a photograph of some of the Church deacons in 1909

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John Bounds (below) of Railway Terrace who worked so hard to keep the Chapel looking so good

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Above we see how splendid the building was.

The pictures below are courtesy of Roger Vowles, they show how the inside of this once beautiful building has been smashed down and left due to lack of funds, maybe one day it will be turned into something to be proud of once again

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St Mathias Church Treharris, still going strong

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Inside St Mathias church 1979

Below we see a photo of the Old Sunday School in Forrest road during thec 1970’s before it was demolished.

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English Anglican Church, Edwardsville

Quakers Yard and Pentwyn

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Berthlwyd Chapel, Pentwyn, Quakers Yard now a family home

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The next set are of the Church and School on the Fiddlers Elbow

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St Cynon Church

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How St Cynon and its school used to look( R. Amos)

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On the roof of the church

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Inside the church before it was demolished (Jeremy Swattridge)

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Sadly the church has been demolished but here is a photograph of the area in which it once stood

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A warning sign in the graveyard of St Cynon

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The St Cynon church grave yard

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A soldier’s grave in St Cynon grave yard

Information received from Chris Evans states that the soldier buried here is Glynne Colenso Jones, who was aged 19, he was a private in the 3rd Battalion of the south Wales Borderers. His service number was 53809 and he died on October 14, 1918.
There is Egypt etched into the grave stone this relates to the cap badge awarded to the South Wales Borderer’s for a battle honour.
He was the son of William and Sarah Jones of 5, Ynysymeurig road, Abercynon
A plaque on the wall of a private home on the site of the former Libanus Chapel, Cardiff road, Quakers Yard
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How the once proud Libanus church once looked.
The graveyard remains but sadly the Libanus church is now demolished…Leigh Terrace Quakers Yard
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Bethel Evangelical church, Nelson
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Long Row, Nelson
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Bethel Church, Nelson front Entrance
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Bethel Church house Nelson
Llanfabon Church
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St Mabon’s Church
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Llanfabon chapel and church house
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On entrance of Llanfabon Mabon Church, in honour of a former rector
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Salem Church High Street, Nelson
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St John The Baptist church Nelson
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2012 images of St Johns
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Due to the expansion of the village of Nelson during the mid 19th century – Llanfabon’s population was a mere 475 in 1801, but by 1901 it had increased to 4,035 – it was decided to build a daughter church closer to the new population. At the time, this would have been described as a Chapel of ease to Llanfabon. The original church of St John Baptist was completed in 1888.

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The original church

By the end of the century the original church was considered to be too small. In 1904 it was extended and a tower was added.

This is how St John’s appears following the extension

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With Tower added
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The Calfaria Baptist Church in Wern Crescent was built in 1878
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There was an old shed of a building which I can’t find a photograph of, It was the Zion Sunday school chapel that used to be on the corner almost opposite the road that leads to long Row..on Caerphilly road( Google annotates it is 2 Caerphilly Road but I would say it’s Springfield Terrace).below we can see two photographs that may remind people of those times and the first image (above) shows how the site looks Today.
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The Sunday school book the children were given
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Above we see a label of a prize from the chapel
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St Caddoc’s, Bedlinog Parish Church, Anglican
It is no longer a Church, it has been converted into a family home…it is named “Church House.”
Old chapel at the Top of Bedlinog no longer in use
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Moriah Chapel,Bedlinog, on the steep gradient of Cwm Hill, no longer in use but redeveloped into a large family home.
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Bethel Chapel, Bedlinog
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Salem Baptist church Bedlinog
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Sardis Chapel Bedlinog
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Soar Wesleyan Methodist Chapel built 1889 Graig Terrace