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Salem Baptist Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Cynwyl Gaeo, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 52.0624 / 52°3'44"N

Longitude: -3.9711 / 3°58'15"W

OS Eastings: 264971

OS Northings: 242278

OS Grid: SN649422

Mapcode National: GBR DX.D7MX

Mapcode Global: VH4H5.4F0B

Plus Code: 9C4R326H+XH

Entry Name: Salem Baptist Chapel

Listing Date: 2 August 1995

Last Amended: 2 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16266

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located on W side of short lane off A482, 1.5km N of Pumpsaint (junction opposite Brynwawr). Situated in own small graveyard.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Cynwyl Gaeo

Community: Cynwyl Gaeo

Locality: Pumpsaint

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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The cause stemmed from Bethel Baptist chapel at Ffarmers. Chapel built 1829, rebuilt and enlarged 1871. 301 members in 1874.


Gothic-style gabled front of squared rubble, with raised sandstone ashlar corner pilasters continued up verges to meet at apex. Slate roof, wooden soffits, moulded wooden bargeboards. Central pointed doorway, dressed stone voussoirs, paired panelled doors, Y-tracery fanlight. Long pointed Y-traceried 15-pane window each side, dressed stone voussoirs. Triplet of pointed windows above door, taller to centre, Y-tracery glazing, dressed voussoirs. Stone sills. Roundel to gable containing wooden louvered ventilator. Carved stone tablets to gable, that to left reading; "Salem Capel y Bedyddwr. Adeiladwyd 1829. Ail adeiladwyd 1871", the other: "Salem Baptist Chapel. Built 1829. Rebuilt 1871". Rendered left elevation, three tall pointed 13-pane Y- traceried windows. Similar windows to right side. Rendered rear with two tall windows as 0front.

Dwarf stone walls to forecourt with cast iron railings and paired central cast iron gates and posts.


Elaborate 1871 interior. Boarded ceiling, coved on long sides, three large square wooden vents to sloping sides, three circular wooden vents to centre, the middle one intersected by diagonal ribs. Three sided timber slightly curving gallery on plain iron columns, moulded base and sill, long panels of decorative cast iron balustrading. Big seat with panelled sides, cast iron balustrading above. Chamfered newels to corners and side entries with carved tapering finials. Timber pulpit with polygonal front, moulded sill and base, round arched panels filled with cast iron openwork. Flanking sweeping staircases, turned balusters, newels as above. Tall plaster round-arched surround behind pulpit, fluted sides, leaf decoration to corbels and head. Pews with shaped ends, panelled backs and doors, metal eyes for Communion glasses. Raked pews to gallery. Rear lobby window with central lozenge pane, marginal coloured glazing. 1904 fixed brass offering-box in lobby.

Reasons for Listing

Representative example of a later C19 rural gothic chapel with a complete interior and fittings.

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    Prominent site on W side of A482 between Pumpsaint and Pont Twrch.
  • II Cefn-Coed Mawr
    Upland setting on W side of Cothi Valley. Situated off lane leading from Pumpsaint village to Allt Cwm-cyfiog, N of Dolaucothi Home Farm. Farmyard in front (E) of the house.
  • II cow-shed at Cefn-Coed Mawr
    Farm on W side of Cothi Valley, situated off lane leading from Pumpsaint village to Allt Cwm-cyfiog, N of Dolaucothi Home Farm. Cowshed on S side of yard fronting farmhouse.
  • II Barn Range at cefn-Coed Mawr
    Farm on W side of Cothi Valley situated off lane leading from Pumpsaint village to Allt Cwm-cyfiog, N of Dolaucothi Home Farm. Barn on E side of yard fronting farmhouse.
  • II Stable Range at Dolaucothi Farm
    Farm situated NE of Pumpsaint, off track leading to Allt Cwm-cyfiog. Farmyard to N of house, with stable range in centre
  • II Dolaucothi Home Farm
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