Religious buildings Photogrpahs
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.
How the old church was.
What it looks like Today
Below we see the Trinity Chapel built in 1908
Sadly in 2016 the main Chapel was demolished to make way for a new home.
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.
Taff Merthyr Garden Village Chapel(below) Methodist
No longer in use as a Chapel, it is now a family home
Treharris Religious Buildings
Evangelist Church near Spencer place Treharris(above)
Above we see two pics of Bethania Church, Penn street Treharris
Treharris Tabernacle Church
Front door of Tabernacle church
Memorial stone on the side of Tabernacle Chapel
Bethel Church,Perrott Street Treharris
Sadly it is no longer in use as a church
Bethel Church in better days
Two plaques on the walls of Bethel Church
Elim Chapel John Street.
The original Church in Perrott Street replaced by the one below
Church of Forward Movement Perrott Street, Now demolished
Brynhyfryd Church opposite Royal Hotel
Below is a photograph of some of the Church deacons in 1909
John Bounds (below) of Railway Terrace who worked so hard to keep the Chapel looking so good
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
St Mathias Church Treharris, still going strong
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.
English Anglican Church, Edwardsville
Quakers Yard and Pentwyn
Berthlwyd Chapel, Pentwyn, Quakers Yard now a family home
Berthlwyd derelict graveyard
The next set are of the Church and School on the Fiddlers Elbow
St Cynon Church
How St Cynon and its school used to look( R. Amos)
On the roof of the church
Inside the church before it was demolished (Jeremy Swattridge)
Sadly the church has been demolished but here is a photograph of the area in which it once stood
A warning sign in the graveyard of St Cynon
The St Cynon church grave yard
A soldier’s grave in St Cynon grave yard
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
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.
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