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Tabernacle Congregational Chapel, including forecourt gates and wall, and attached vestries.

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontardawe, Neath Port Talbot

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Latitude: 51.7221 / 51°43'19"N

Longitude: -3.8489 / 3°50'55"W

OS Eastings: 272387

OS Northings: 204219

OS Grid: SN723042

Mapcode National: GBR H1.2LMC

Mapcode Global: VH4JS.7ZM6

Entry Name: Tabernacle Congregational Chapel, including forecourt gates and wall, and attached vestries.

Listing Date: 3 August 2000

Last Amended: 13 March 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23867

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: About 400m NE of centre of Pontardawe

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Pontardawe

Community: Pontardawe

Community: Pontardawe

Built-Up Area: Pontardawe

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Chapel of 1880, enlarged 1904. Architect William George of Ystalyfera, builder John Griffiths of Pontardawe.


Chapel in rock-faced brown stone in low courses; freestone dressings (brick dressings to sides), slate roof. Gabled Gothic front with end buttresses and pinnacles. Quatrefoil in gable; central doorway with windowq above of 2 lights with quatrefoil; tall 2-light round-headed window to each side (hardwood glazing). Forecourt enclosed by low stone wall with cast-iron railings with fleur-de-lys finials; iron gatepiers with semi-circular overthrow with similar finials; cast-iron gates in matching style. Sides of chapel have windows at 2 levels, round-arched over camber-headed. To rear, at right angles, vestry/hall blockwith flat-roofed kitchen block behind.


Very fine unaltered interior. Lobby with flanking stairs to gallery; stained glass on chapel side is good War Memorial window (1949). Flat boarded and ribbed ceiling to body of chapel with 3 elaborate roses, decorative vents to sides, and classicising cornice. Fine gallery on iron columns runs round all 4 sides, dropping behind pulpit and in front of organ; wooden gallery frontal with arcading and bracketing; clock opposite pulpit. To rear, organ by Brinley and Foster with exposed pipes in decorative case; all original wooden seating at gallery level, and also to body of chapel. Octagonal pulpit flanked by stairs with iron balustrading. Behind body of chapel, Deacon's room and Vestry/Schoolroom block with unaltered stage, glass screen to kitchen, open roof with iron ties.

Reasons for Listing

Late C19 and early C20 chapel with particularly fine unaltered interior.

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