History and Heritage

Pantteg Chapel, Ystalyfera

Pantteg Chapel was the first formal place of Christian worship in what would become the village and community of Ystalyfera. Before that time, the area fell within the Anglican parish of Llanguick, and Non-Conformist worship was carried out in private dwellings, or by what to modern eyes seems the very long walk to Alltwen or Cymllynfell. In fact, the 5-mile walk was to be a major bone of contention for the founders of the chapel, as many of those who held office felt such a distance to be perfectly reasonable, and could not see the reason for a new chapel to be built.

Pantteg Chapel was constructed as a result of a community voluntary effort, with Fleming Gough leasing the land on a 999 year lease for a notional rent, and many future chapel members giving their time and expertise for free. The chapel was inaugurated over the 13th and 14th May 1821 and named Y Pantteg by Reverend John Davies of Alltwen.

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After the First World War, a marble war memorial was erected inside Pantteg Chapel to the fallen members of the church and congregation who had lost their lives in the war. Where it has proven possible, each of the 10 names links on to a memorial page dedicated to the individual.

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The landslip of December 2012 seriously affected Pantteg Chapel, with part of the hill sliding right down onto the road and abutting directly against the vestry. The upper road through Ystalyfera was closed at Pantteg for some months, and the long-term future of the Chapel, vestry and graveyard depends on the surveyors reports, and the extent of damage.

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