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Bethesda Chapel, Ynysmeudwy

Bethesda Chapel Ynysmeudwy
Bethesda Chapel was built in 1861-62 on land rented from Griffith Griffiths of the Ynysmeudwy Arms. The first minister was the Rev Phillip Griffiths, of Alltwen.

A larger chapel was constructed in Curtis Row, and opened in 1893. The older chapel was demolished in 1955.

Ministers of Bethesda Chapel

Rev Phllip Griffiths (Alltwen)  
Rev J T Davies (also minister of Gosen, Trebanos)   1879-1898
Rev Joseph Evans (Came from Bethel, Cwmtwrch)   1901-1905
Rev T Emrys Jones   1907-1912
Rowland Evans   1913-1916
Rev Richard Owen Hughes   1918-1923
John Derlwyn Evans   1925-1943
Mr D Benjamin Jones   1950- bef. 1956

Bethesda Chapel has a cemetery alongside

Bethesda Chapel with the bus stop in front

History of Bethesda Chapel

Before Bethesda Chapel was built in 1861-2, many religious services and Sunday Schools were held in dwelling houses but monthly communion took place at Alltwen.

Land for building was given at a rent by Griffith Griffiths, Ynysmeudwy Arms.

The Rev Phillip Griffiths, Alltwen, looked after the congregation until he retired.

In 1879 the Rev J T Davies came there, looking after Bethesda and Gosen for 18 years, and also Tabernacle, Pontardawe from 1881. He left for Cymer Porth in 1899.

A larger chapel was built and opened in 1893 in Curtis Row, a stone at the front of the chapel commemorates the tercentenary of the martyrdom of John Penry (the famous Welsh Puritan).

After two years without a minister, in 1901 the Rev Joseph Evans came from Bethel, Cwmtwrch, and left in 1905 for Pontygwaith, Rhondda.

The Rev T Emrys Jones was inducted on 27th November 1907, and during his tenure the debt was cleared; he left in 1912.

In 1913 Rowland Evans was ordained, he left in 1916, the land under the chapel was bought in his time here. In 1916, he left for Llanelly.

In 1918, the Rev Richard Owen Hughes came here; he retired in 1923.

In 1925 Mr John Derlwyn Evans was inducted in the January, and stayed until January 1943, when he left for Noddfa, Taibach, Port Talbot. During his ministry, in 1925, a manse was purchased.

Mr D Benjamin Jones was ordained here in 1950, and during his time a modern vestry was built.

By 1966, there was at the time of John Henry Davies writing "Pontardawe and District" no current minister.


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