The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

English Congregational Chapel, Ystalyfera

The English Congregational Chapel in Ystalyfera was demolished in 2005. The information below comes from Slater's Commercial Directory 1871, the Llais newspaper, and original research by Val Trevallion.

The English Congregational Chapel, Ystalyfera, was constructed in at the end of the 1860s, with the foundation stone laid in 1868 by H O Mills Esquire of Bristol. Below the photograph is an extract from Slater's Commercial Directory 1871, when the chapel was a new feature in the valley.

YSTALYFERA IN THE SWANSEA VALLEY
Ystalyfera is a populous village in the parish Llanguick distant 12 miles from Swansea

The newly erected English congregational chapel is in the Gothic style and is capable of seating 450 persons. It is one of the greatest architectural features in the neighbourhood.

The decision to spend money on a marble war memorial for the fallen from the church was made at a Special Meeting in July 1917, as recorded in the chapel's Minute Book (below).

Minute Book

Below, can be seen the marble plaque, now housed in the Royal British Legion, Ystalyfera, after the demolition of the chapel. Also reproduced is a schematic diagram of the plaque, by Val Trevallion.

The Marble memorial
Now housed in the British Legion, Ystalyfera
Schematic Diagram
These chapel memorials held more information that can be found on the town war memorials, listing both the rank and the regiment and unit served in.

This historic chapel was demolished in 2005, and the site is currently empty land opposite the Tiddlywinks Nursery in Ystalyfera.

Demolition in 2005
The demolition of the English Congregational Chapel, Ystalyfera
Open Space
To date, nothing has been done with the land which was the site of the English Congregational Chapel in Ystalyfera.


The South Wales Voice newspaper, printed in Ystalyfera, did a commemoration piece in 1939 on the 71st anniversary of the founding of the English Congregational Church in Ystalyfera:-

71st Anniversary
ENGLISH CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
YSTALYFERA
It is the same thing with our local institutions and the works of our fathers are not forgotten. On the 20th inst, the friends at the English Congregational Church, Ystalyfera, celebrate the anniversary of the opening of their church 71 years ago. It is safe to say that no one who was present on that occasion will be there on this date, but they, are not forgotten. Their influence still lives and their memory is precious.

When we again gather in the church to celebrate the anniversary, the vision of these stalwarts of other days will rise and encourage us to carry on the good work and be a call to others to follow in their footsteps. This is one of the values of keeping an anniversary day.

At that time the late Mr. James Palmer Budd was a great power here industrially and I have seen his personal signature on the lease granting the land for the building of the church. A prime mover in the cause was the late Mr. Henry Parrish, a native of Birmingham, who lies buried in the lower churchyard. Another was the late Mr. T. R. White, whom many of the old folk will remember, and who was the architect. The building shows that his plan was an unusual one for this district and was no doubt a copy of what he had been used to in his native county of Northumberland. Mr. Alexander Bain also, a loyal Scotsman and a native of Glasgow district. He lived at Hendreforgan at this time and used to ride down to church on his pony. He also was heart and soul in the work. They have left us a good example and lasting evidence of their labours, which we enjoy today. "By their fruits ye shall know them".

When we gather again in the church to celebrate the anniversary, the vision of these stalwarts of other days will rise and encourage us to carry on the good work, and be a call to others to follow in their footsteps. This is one of the values of keeping an anniversary day.






The Glorious Dead 1914-1918

Walter George Faulkner
Albert Victor Lloyd
Lewis Westcott Baker
Harold Martin
William Thomas Henwood
Harold Idris King
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