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Zoar Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Coychurch Higher, Bridgend

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5485 / 51°32'54"N

Longitude: -3.4833 / 3°28'59"W

OS Eastings: 297248

OS Northings: 184332

OS Grid: SS972843

Mapcode National: GBR HJ.FNJY

Mapcode Global: VH5HD.KBXR

Entry Name: Zoar Chapel

Listing Date: 13 November 1997

Last Amended: 13 November 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19047

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Situated in a prominent position where two lanes cross. To the N the land rises up steeply to the Mynydd y Gaer. The chapel and its vestry are fronted by a low wall with iron railings. Two piers wi

County: Bridgend

Community: Coychurch Higher (Llangrallo Uchaf)

Community: Coychurch Higher

Locality: Rhiwceiliog

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Calvinistic Methodist chapel built in 1876, replacing an earlier chapel of 1851. Daughter chapel of Salem, Pencoed, both were designed by Rev. William Jones of Pentre Ystrad and built by Edmund Rees, the cost of Soar being £600.

Exterior

Simple classical style with 3-bay gable-end facade. Rendered and pebble dashed under a slate roof with wooden boarded eaves and verges. Concrete rendered plinth and dressings. The facade has wood planked double doors under an arched head with fan light. It is flanked by tall multi-pane windows with round heads and stone sills. There is a similar but shorter window above the doorway. In the gable is a circular vent with a tablet below stating:
SOAR / TREFNYDDION CALVINAIDD / 1876.

The rear is plain except for a vent in the gable. The side walls are 2-window, the windows having arched heads and stone sills but without dressings. Each window has a 4-pane sash at the base with multi-pane glazing above including radial glazing beneath the arch. Though the sashes are later, the glazing above is original. There is a wide pilaster between the windows on the E side.

Interior

The interior contains a 3-sided gallery supported on simple cast iron columns. The gallery front is of polished wood with moulded recessed panels. Between each panel is a white painted pilaster with console. There are 3 rows of panelled pews in the gallery. The ceiling has a moulded cornice and a fine decorated ceiling rose in the centre, with 4 rosettes in the corners. At ground floor level are 6 rows of box-style pews with carved raked ends. There is a vestibule to the rear with access to the ground floor and gallery. The simple set fawr is C20. Behind it is a blind arch with plain pilasters, fluted consoles and moulded round arch.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-proportioned rural chapel associated with early industrial development in the area, and retaining its original character.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Zoar Chapel Vestry
    Small vestry immediately W of Soar Chapel and within the same curtilage.
  • II Wern Tarw and attached Cowhouse
    Located S of a lane which runs E - W along the foothills of the Mynydd y Gaer. The house is on a pl
  • II Barn at Wern Tarw
    Located at right angles to a narrow lane at the base of the foothills of the Mynydd y Gaer. The ass
  • II Barn at Bryngwenith
    Situated on low lying ground N of Pencoed, at the end of a short track. The barn forms the E side o

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