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Tabernacle United Reformed Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Mumbles (Y Mwmbwls), Swansea

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Latitude: 51.5753 / 51°34'30"N

Longitude: -4.0017 / 4°0'6"W

OS Eastings: 261382

OS Northings: 188166

OS Grid: SS613881

Mapcode National: GBR GX.FNJN

Mapcode Global: VH4KG.LN9R

Plus Code: 9C3QHXGX+48

Entry Name: Tabernacle United Reformed Church

Listing Date: 29 October 1999

Last Amended: 29 October 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22573

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

ID on this website: 300022573

Location: Located E of the junction between Newton Road and Chapel Street.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Mumbles (Y Mwmbwls)

Community: Mumbles

Locality: Oystermouth

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Built in 1870 as a Congregational Church (date on building).


Geometrical style chapel of snecked, rock-faced stone and lighter stone dressings, with slate roof. The gabled entrance front, facing the road, is 3 bays, the outer bays being set-back lean-tos with diagonal buttresses and narrow cusped lancets. The central bay has double doorways placed within a gabled portal and under a pointed arch with the name and date of the building in engraved letters. The doorways have boarded doors, moulded jambs and arches. Above them and beneath the arch is a quatrefoil window. Above a string course are a pair of 2-light geometrical windows with a cusped round window above and a small narrow vent below the apex.
The 4-bay side walls have 2 tiers of paired lancets and a low clerestorey has triple cusped lights to each bay. Attached to the rear is a later vestry and school room comprising a lower projection and then a wide asymetrical gable with pointed windows and doorway, and under concrete tile roofs.


An entrance vestibule has doorways to the main chapel and gallery with panelled doors. The 3-sided raked gallery is carried on a full-height 4-bay arcade of wooden posts with arches and similar arches at right angles over the gallery. The gallery front has panels with diagonal boarding below open fret-cut arcading (and with an added steel hand rail). The 4-bay roof has arched braces to the principals, similar to the arcade. Behind the pulpit is an added recess projecting into the vestry which houses the organ below a 2-centred moulded arch. The pulpit has panels and openwork arcading and is flanked by steps with square moulded newels and balusters. Some windows have coloured abstract glazing by Glasslight Studios.

Reasons for Listing

Listed principally for the architectural interest of the interior, specifically its fine arcade and gallery.

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