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Tabernacle Independent Chapel
Pontardawe

'Sir John Jones Jenkins (afterwards Lord Glantawe) laid the foundation stone on 18th August 1880 and from a platform in front of the building, sermons were preached to the audience standing on the road.................................. On Sunday 21st August, 1881, the chapel was officially opened, when the Rev J T Davies of Gosen and Bethesda, and the Rev Rees Rees Alltwen preached.'



The photograph shows that the memorial stone is transcribed as August 17th 1880.

THIS MEMORIAL STONE
WAS LAID BY
J.J. JENKINS ESQ.
MAYOR OF SWANSEA
AUGUST 17TH 1880


It was a few years since I took that photograph and I am sorry to say I still have not seen inside the building where I have been told there is a plaque for a fallen soldier, a former member of the congregation.

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