The Churches of Britain and Ireland

Aberfan, Merthyr Tydfil                              

Aberfan on Wikipedia.

The former Bethania Independent Chapel on Aberfan Road. It pre-dates a map of 1900. SO 0705 0020. Gerard Charmley (2011).

Capel Aberfan (Calvinistic Methodist, 1876). SO 0706 0011. Gerard Charmley (2011). This church was totally destroyed in an arson attack in 2015 - see news story. Coflein.

The town cemetery has a double Mortuary Chapel, at SO 0697 0004. Large scale O.S. maps label them as Nonconformist (for the more northern one) and Church of England for the other. They were distantly seen by Streetview in 2021.

The 1" O.S. map of 1958 (but not the 1961 map) shows a place of worship near the junction of Aberfan Road and Station Hill. The church is indicated at SO 0706 0004. Assuming this isn't an error, it would have stood somewhere to the left of the road seen in a Streetview from 2021, roughly in line with the white-painted buildings. My appreciation to Howard Richter for advising that this was Mount Hermon Independent Chapel, so named in its Coflein entry, which dates it to 1899.

The former Smyrna Baptist Chapel (1877, re-built 1901 - Coflein), now closed. SO 0709 0009. Gerard Charmley. Another view. Gerard advises that it is now a community centre. Gerard Charmley (2011).

Zion Methodist Chapel (originally English Primitive Methodist) on Bridge Street. SO 0715 0016. Gerard Charmley (2011). Coflein dates it to 1891.






20 May 2024

Steve Bulman

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