Peniel Chapel, Wales, July 2020

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FunkyMuffin

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History: Peniel Chapel is a former Calvinistic Methodist chapel. It is one of five Grade l listed nonconformist chapels in Wales. The chapel was the first building to be constructed for the settlement of Tremadog and is located opposite the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"). It opened its doors on Feb 18,1810. An interior gallery was built in 1840 and the exterior portico (columned front) was completed in 1849. The property was further expanded through the late 19th century, with a dwelling house added in 1850, a schoolroom in 1880, and a new front stage area in 1898. The ceiling was replaced in 1910.

The chapel was sold to the Addoldai Cymru Trust in 2010 for £100. The date the building was officially transferred to the Trust was on 18 February 2010 – 200 years to the day from when the chapel opened. It claims to have been fully restored by 2010 but after 10 years the interior shows peeling paint and rapid decay. They have once again painted the exterior of the building and the ceiling inside. The rest needs to be finished but it seems to be a dumping ground for all sorts of stuff, the back packed to the ceiling with junk.

The explore: This was a permission visit. After exchanging several emails with a lovely woman on a Welsh Chapel website, the Funky Muffins waited patiently at our designated time for a phone call from the key holder. “Hello?” I answer the phone. An elderly woman with the thickest Welsh accent I’ve ever heard is trying to give me directions to her house to pick up the key. She’s talking like I know the place. “Go past the square, turn left I’m the house on the left” errr, too many houses, and where’s the square I enquire. “Just stay where you are, I’m coming” at this point I feel real bad for making a shielding old lady come out of her house. Not 5 minutes later here she comes trekking down the street at warp speed. “This is the 3rd time I’ve had to walk down here today”. I thought she was going to read us the riot act but she ended up being the sweetest, dearest woman I’ve ever met. She chatted endlessly and let us in, gave us the keys, showed us where to turn the power on and told us where to hand the keys back in. Off she went, I do hope she’s been keeping well through this covid, what a gem she was!


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Thanks for looking
 
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PhilW

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Visited it in 1990. Ceiling and interior walls in better state then. (PS Excellent photos, better than mine)
 

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Beautiful place, there is so many like this in Wales if people bother to look
 

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History: Peniel Chapel is a former Calvinistic Methodist chapel. It is one of five Grade l listed nonconformist chapels in Wales. The chapel was the first building to be constructed for the settlement of Tremadog and is located opposite the birthplace of T.E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"). It opened its doors on Feb 18,1810. An interior gallery was built in 1840 and the exterior portico (columned front) was completed in 1849. The property was further expanded through the late 19th century, with a dwelling house added in 1850, a schoolroom in 1880, and a new front stage area in 1898. The ceiling was replaced in 1910.

The chapel was sold to the Addoldai Cymru Trust in 2010 for £100. The date the building was officially transferred to the Trust was on 18 February 2010 – 200 years to the day from when the chapel opened. It claims to have been fully restored by 2010 but after 10 years the interior shows peeling paint and rapid decay. They have once again painted the exterior of the building and the ceiling inside. The rest needs to be finished but it seems to be a dumping ground for all sorts of stuff, the back packed to the ceiling with junk.

The explore: This was a permission visit. After exchanging several emails with a lovely woman on a Welsh Chapel website, the Funky Muffins waited patiently at our designated time for a phone call from the key holder. “Hello?” I answer the phone. An elderly woman with the thickest Welsh accent I’ve ever heard is trying to give me directions to her house to pick up the key. She’s talking like I know the place. “Go past the square, turn left I’m the house on the left” errr, too many houses, and where’s the square I enquire. “Just stay where you are, I’m coming” at this point I feel real bad for making a shielding old lady come out of her house. Not 5 minutes later here she comes trekking down the street at warp speed. “This is the 3rd time I’ve had to walk down here today”. I thought she was going to read us the riot act but she ended up being the sweetest, dearest woman I’ve ever met. She chatted endlessly and let us in, gave us the keys, showed us where to turn the power on and told us where to hand the keys back in. Off she went, I do hope she’s been keeping well through this covid, what a gem she was!


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Thanks for looking
 
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