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Baptistery at Pont Adulam

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6988 / 51°41'55"N

Longitude: -4.1453 / 4°8'42"W

OS Eastings: 251840

OS Northings: 202187

OS Grid: SN518021

Mapcode National: GBR GT.90P4

Mapcode Global: VH4JT.3KFJ

Entry Name: Baptistery at Pont Adulam

Listing Date: 16 October 1998

Last Amended: 16 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20534

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: At east side of the bridge over the River Lliedi in Felinfoel.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Llanelli

Community: Llanelli Rural (Llanelli Wledig)

Community: Llanelli Rural

Locality: Felinfoel

Built-Up Area: Llanelli

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

The River Lliedi was used by Adulam chapel before the construction of their baptistery in the chapel grounds. The sacrament was first performed at Pont Adulam in the weir pool: the Rev. Benjamin Humphreys is said to have baptised hundreds here in the religious revival of 1905. A platform and steps were added probably when the bridge was rebuilt in the 1930s. Finally a concrete-walled pool was formed at the foot of the steps. The latter is remembered in use at least until the 1950s.

Exterior

Just above the weir across the River Lliedi, a railed platform built out from the E face of the bridge and steps leading down to weir pool, and the later wall of a reduced pool formed in concrete. The platform has steel railings on large decorative cast-iron standards.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual example of an open-air pool for adult full-immersion baptism.

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