Bethesda Chapel - Llangattock

    250 Years

Commemoration of Bethesda’s foundation 1768.



This year we as a gathered church will be celebrating the 250th year of our foundation.
We extend an invitation to you, your family and friends to join us in celebrating this event.
We have planned a series of events to mark this occasion and enclose such dates for you to mark in your diary.

 Please make every effort to support us as we hope to share worship and company with you.

Our doors are always open as is our welcome.  Please do not be strangers

Saturday 31st March 2:00 pm.  

Easter celebration in the vestry. Easter bonnets and hats to be worn. Followed by Tea and a Quiz

Sat 30th June Fete and Strawberry Tea. at 3pm.

Held at the home of Mr and Mrs Clive Ralph. Crickhowell  

Sunday 16th Sept.

Celebration Worship at Bethesda. Celebrant the Rev. Frank Wroe at 10;30 am Followed by refreshments

Tues. 18th Sept. at the Old Llwmws Chapel  2:30 pm 

Service of remembrance and thanks.

Sunday 23rd Sept.

Cymanfa Ganu at Bethesda at 6:00 pm.

Friday 28th Sept.

Harvest Festival Thanksgiving led by Craig James at 7:00pm

Sunday 30th Sept.

Anne Rowe Visiting Professor of the University of Chichester

            A talk on Dame Julian of Norwich.  ( Light refreshments to follow)


On behalf of the deacons and congregation I wish you every blessing for 2018

Yours in Christ.

Rev M L Williams.

16 Beaufort Ave



TEL: 01873 810821.


The Bethesda Story.


1673 Census.


40 Conformists in the parish of Llangattock

49 Non Conformists in the Parish of Llanelly

     42 Non Conformists in the parish of Llangynidr.

The majority  of these counted were heads of family, About 50% of the population were believed to be Non Conformists. The enthusiasm gradually waned until 1760 when only a limited number retained the faith.

Following their expulsion from Llanelly parish church, a few dissenters took communion at Blaina, where there was a small church under the pastorate of Rev Edmund Jones  ( the prophet 1752-1793) of Pontypool. It is known that he visited the parish of  Llangattock before a chapel was built here. A Mr Francis Williams of Blaina settled in  the parish and it seems that his settlement led to the building of a chapel and the  formation of an independent church in Llangattock in 1768.

The Llwmws Chapel site  is one of the oldest in Breconshire and the congregation came from Talgarth, Brecon, Brynmawr, and Ebbw vale to worship. In those days the hillside with the quarries working, was densely populated.

The expelled congregation of Llanelly walked the six `mile exclusion zone and watched to see where a crow alighted, and there they chose to build the Llwmws Chapel.

The piece of land chosen for the site was leased for 9999 years at a rental of one peppercorn per annum, on demand, asked for by Mr James Williams who owned the Llwmws. The trustees in the lease were Mr William James owner of Pen Park and Mr Edmund Jones of Ty Mawr.

The chapel was named Bethesda. It was a small chapel 28”x 16” and built in an inconvenient corner. Zealous female members of the congregation were said to have walked from where they lived in Llanelly, in order to carry the stones the masons had quarried and cut. The chapel was opened on September 18th 1768. Rev Edmund Jones administered the first sacrament at Llangattock for some time after the formation of the chapel.

The  Theological college at Abergavenny made it easy to fill the pulpit and Mr Evan Lewis of the college was the first minister. He died 1773 aged 25yrs. Following his death, Mr Morgan Jones of the same college was ordained and later in 1779 Mr John Jenkins.

In the summer of 1826 Mr William Hopkins was called to the pastorate of llangattock and Cwmrhos. Soon after his arrival there was a religious revival in the district and a marked increase of membership was recorded. As a result of this increase permission was given to the members who lived in Llanelly to reconstitute themselves into an independent church with their own pastor. It was also felt that the old chapel at the Llwmws was out of reach of the population as well as being too small for the congregation.

In 1835 the present chapel was started on a parcel of ground sold by Sir Joseph Bailey for five shillings, who also gave a donation of £5 towards the building  fund.

In 1836 the new chapel was opened on New Years day, at a cost of £800. The stone used in construction having been quarried on the hillside was carried to the chapel site by the congregation.

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