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Bethel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Radyr and Morganstown (Radur a Phentre-poeth), Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5265 / 51°31'35"N

Longitude: -3.2594 / 3°15'33"W

OS Eastings: 312727

OS Northings: 181592

OS Grid: ST127815

Mapcode National: GBR HT.H4VN

Mapcode Global: VH6DZ.GW7P

Entry Name: Bethel Calvinistic Methodist Chapel

Listing Date: 6 October 1977

Last Amended: 24 February 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13862

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: W of the main throughfare on a hillside and set within a large graveyard, walled and with iron gate on the S side. Attached at W to a terrace of cottages which are not included in the listing.

County: Cardiff

Community: Radyr and Morganstown (Radur a Phentre-poeth)

Community: Radyr and Morganstown

Locality: Morganstown

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Erected in 1842, with later extension to E. Chapel was adjacent to the small Ty'n y Berllan development of 10 ironworkers' cottages built for the Melingriffith Ironworks near the River Taff in 1841. Now part of Morganstown, the village was originally named Pentre Poeth. Pentyrch station of the Taff Vale Railway of 1836 was nearby to E, situated at the point where the Pentyrch and Melingriffith tramroad crossed this new railway. Since listing in 1977 slate roof has been replaced by concrete tiles. Interior dates from a later refubishment, probably contemporary with extension.

Exterior

Small chapel with side wall facade, with lower Sunday School extension. Of scored rendered stone with concrete tile roof. Three tall round-headed windows with multipane glazing and tooled sills with plaque above; to right a round-headed doorway with double boarded doors and semi-circular fanlight. Lower extension, not scored, to right has two 4-pane sash windows and boarded door with overlight and gable end brick stack. Side elevation has an unrendered rubble plinth. Rear elevation has two round-headed windows.

Interior

Boarded access passage through vestry/Sunday School wing; 4-panelled doors. Chapel interior very plain and without gallery. Fully pewed, pew doors removed. Plastered ceiling has central rose, 2 ventilators and cornice; scored render; dado rail. Simple pulpit with backboard and narrow rails. Side entrance not in use opens directly into the chapel; rear fireplace.

Reasons for Listing

Included primarily for its historic interest as a chapel dating from the early C19 industrial development of the area.

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