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Hen Fethel Welsh Independent Chapel, Garnant

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Map ReferenceSN61SE
Grid ReferenceSN6815214400
Unitary (Local) AuthorityCarmarthenshire
Old CountyCarmarthenshire
Type Of SiteCHAPEL
PeriodPost Medieval
Old Bethel Chapel was first built in 1773, though the current building dates to the rebuilding of 1825/6. It is in the simple Gothic style, built from whitewashed rubble stone with a slate roof over. It is a long-wall entry type, with a simple balanced front with a pair of pointed-arched windows in the centre with doorways right and left, and smaller pointed-arched windows to the gallery stairs at either end. The windows have Y-tracery hears with small panes below.

The chapel is an exceptionally well-preserved example, retaining its contemporary furnishings, rendering it one of the last early nineteenth century interiors to survive unaltered in South Wales. It has a stone flagged floor, and flat whitewashed six-bay ceiling with visible soffits of the tie beams. The gallery is supported by cast-iron columns and later supports, which replace original timber peris. The fireplace opposite the pulpit on the long wall has a raised iron fire-basket set flush in a whitewashed brickwork surround.

Source: Cadw Listed Building Record

K Steele, RCAHMW, 13 February 2009