The Churches of Britain and Ireland
Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd
The site of Capel Bethel Independent Chapel (1868). Another view shows the railings, which may be original. The gateposts (which seem to be more substantial than the originals) now stand further apart, to support the wider gates. SH 7036 4188. © Howard Richter (2012 and 2018). The text below a photo of a Geograph entry implies it was demolished in about 2003, due to an unsafe roof. It appears that services still take place in the adjacent building, originally the chapel's Sunday School and hall. © Howard Richter (2018). The chapel itself is shown here, taken from a photo in Undeb yr Annibynwyr Cymraeg - Blaenau Ffestiniog a'r cylch 1938, or, in English, "Union of Welsh Independent [churches] - Blaenau Ffestiniog and district 1938", a programme for a convention held in July 1938, it was printed by J.D. Davies of Blaenau, and is now in Howard Richter's Collection. Link.
The site (now housing) of Capel Engedi (1881), as seen by the Streetview van in 2009. Its Coflein entry says it was demolished "by 2003". In reality it was decades earlier than this, as houses were already showing on a map of 1976-7. SH 7035 4203.
The former Capel Peniel (Calvinistic Methodist). It has a date-stone for 1839. SH 7015 4210. Both © Howard Richter. Coflein entry. Grade II listed.
The site (now a car park) of Capel Siloh (Wesleyan Methodist). It had earlier been Calvinistic Methodist, when it was called Capel Gwyn. Its Coflein entry details its history as follows - first built in 1784 and re-built in 1814, the congregation moved to Capel Peniel (see above) in 1839. The Wesleyans moved in a year later, and re-named it. As for Capel Engedi, the Coflein entry says it was demolished "by 2001", but the map of 1976-7 shows it as already a car park at that time. SH 7006 4197.
The former St. Michael. It was being offered for sale here (un-dated) - which has an interior view. Another view. Its grade II listing dates it to 1843-5, replacing a medieval church on the same site, though its Coflein entry says it stands a little further south-west than the old church. SH 6993 4190. Both © Howard Richter.
17 March 2023
© Steve Bulman