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Heol Y Felin (Capel Y Bedyddwyr)

A Grade II Listed Building in Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.7222 / 51°43'20"N

Longitude: -3.4566 / 3°27'23"W

OS Eastings: 299478

OS Northings: 203616

OS Grid: SN994036

Mapcode National: GBR HK.2P8C

Mapcode Global: VH6CX.1ZG3

Plus Code: 9C3RPGCV+V8

Entry Name: Heol Y Felin (Capel Y Bedyddwyr)

Listing Date: 10 January 1991

Last Amended: 10 January 1991

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 10878

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Also known as: Heol Y Felin (Capel Y Bedyddwyr) Bell Street,Trecynon
Heol-y-felin Welsh Baptist Chapel

ID on this website: 300010878

Location: Above the road and set back behind forecourt including small burial ground.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Community: Aberdare (Aberdâr)

Community: Aberdare West

Locality: Trecynon

Built-Up Area: Aberdare

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Church building Chapel

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Built in l852 to the design of Thomas Joseph, local coal owner and engineer; cost ú920. Became a self-governing church in l855 and then in l893 was extensively remodelled. In l904 further alterations were made and new classrooms were added.


Coursed rubble 3-bay gable front with different masonry to gallery floor relating to the remodelling. Slate roof. Pediment treatment and freestone dressings including entablature and cornice; eroded datestone to pediment. Pilasters flank the semi-circular headed 8-pane gallery windows with voussoirs and deep sill panels - the central one inserted Heol-y-Felin. The ground floor is fractionally set forward. Central semi-circular arched doorway with roll moulded jambs and panelled double doors; rounded steps. 4-pane windows to either side. The 'facade' is continued around the corners. The left side of the chapel has 4 tall round arched headed windows with impost band; further windows stepped up beyond including a horned sash, lighting the hall/vestry. Side door here opens onto a transverse passage with chapel to right and hall/vestry etc to left. This extension projects to the right of the chapel and has gable end facing the street with porch and 2 round arched headed windows. Cement render rear with louvered opening.

Rectangular galleried interior with scribed rendered walls. Boarded and ribbed ceiling including plaster roses and ventilation panels; coved cornice. Raked gallery, are on tapered cylindrical iron columns painted in imitation of 'scagliola' work; manufactured by Dare Fychan Foundry, DáRáLewis l852. Bracketed panelled front with inset lincrusta ornament and Gothic arched panels, 'set fawr' and 'set canu' are placed well forward marking the extent of the first chapel; the organ behind relates to the remodelling as does the tulip pattern iron balustrade, with Art Nouveau influences.
Specially good monument to Owen Harris (former Minister of the Chapel - died l905); stone relief bust with seated women to either side. 4-bay hall with arched collar trusses.

Reasons for Listing

Group value with Ebenezer Chapel.

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