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Baptistery at Pont Adulam

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.6988 / 51°41'55"N

Longitude: -4.1453 / 4°8'42"W

OS Eastings: 251840

OS Northings: 202187

OS Grid: SN518021

Mapcode National: GBR GT.90P4

Mapcode Global: VH4JT.3KFJ

Entry Name: Baptistery at Pont Adulam

Listing Date: 16 October 1998

Last Amended: 16 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20534

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: At east side of the bridge over the River Lliedi in Felinfoel.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Llanelli

Community: Llanelli Rural (Llanelli Wledig)

Community: Llanelli Rural

Locality: Felinfoel

Built-Up Area: Llanelli

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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The River Lliedi was used by Adulam chapel before the construction of their baptistery in the chapel grounds. The sacrament was first performed at Pont Adulam in the weir pool: the Rev. Benjamin Humphreys is said to have baptised hundreds here in the religious revival of 1905. A platform and steps were added probably when the bridge was rebuilt in the 1930s. Finally a concrete-walled pool was formed at the foot of the steps. The latter is remembered in use at least until the 1950s.


Just above the weir across the River Lliedi, a railed platform built out from the E face of the bridge and steps leading down to weir pool, and the later wall of a reduced pool formed in concrete. The platform has steel railings on large decorative cast-iron standards.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual example of an open-air pool for adult full-immersion baptism.

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