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Latitude: 51.8953 / 51°53'43"N
Longitude: -3.949 / 3°56'56"W
OS Eastings: 265984
OS Northings: 223654
OS Grid: SN659236
Mapcode National: GBR DY.QT91
Mapcode Global: VH4HY.HMNF
Entry Name: Capel Bethel
Listing Date: 24 November 1998
Last Amended: 24 November 1998
Source ID: 20904
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: Situated in isolated riverside position on S bank of Afon Araeth down track off Llangadog road some 4 km NE of Ffairfach.
Community: Cyngor Bro Dyffryn Cennen
Locality: Bethlehem Road
Traditional County: Carmarthenshire
Baptist chapel of 1842, altered from long-wall to gable-end entry in later C19 when interior was also refitted.
Chapel, whitewashed rubble stone with slate roof. Originally with entrance on lateral facade. Two long arched windows with later C19 glazing in centre and two outer blocked arched doors. Stone memorial attached to front wall centre, to Thomas Thomas of Maesnewydd, d 1844 with ogee top inscribed 'Life How Short Eternity How Long'. S end wall has late C19 projecting verges, and one original upper window with stone voussoirs, over ground floor late C19 or early C20 central door and flanking windows, all with brick heads. Rear wall has 2 long arched windows with brick heads and later C19 glazing. N end has 2 similar long arched windows.
Galleried interior with lobby at S end. Gallery has canted angles, modillion cornice and panels alternately long and square. Reeded iron columns. Pulpit on N end wall with 3-sided front and quatrefoil panels. Pews in 3 blocks, those each side of pulpit facing in.
Included as a small rural chapel of the earlier C19, in exceptional isolated location.
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