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Carmel Independent Chapel

A Grade II Listed Building in Beaufort, Blaenau Gwent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7964 / 51°47'47"N

Longitude: -3.2162 / 3°12'58"W

OS Eastings: 316221

OS Northings: 211561

OS Grid: SO162115

Mapcode National: GBR YX.Y2VD

Mapcode Global: VH6CV.63KQ

Entry Name: Carmel Independent Chapel

Listing Date: 30 July 1999

Last Amended: 30 July 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22134

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Prominently located on the W side of Church Crescent, within a small graveyard.

County: Blaenau Gwent

Community: Rassau (Rasa)

Community: Beaufort

Locality: Carmeltown

Built-Up Area: Ebbw Vale

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

Built 1865. The architect was Rev. Thomas Thomas of Swansea, who designed several chapels for the Independents, many characterised by a bold Classical facade with a giant arch breaking into the pediment.

Exterior

Classical facade of rock-faced sandstone with grey ashlar limestone quoins also applied around openings. Slate roof. Pedimental gable broken by central giant arch; ashlar quoins. Within arch is round-arched entry, which has C20 doors. Tripartite ashlar window above with segmental head; round arched lights, very narrow to sides. Above is a large tablet inscribed
‘Carmel Independent Chapel 1865’. Outer bays each have a tall round-arched window with simple timber glazing. Ashlar sill-band. West side (facing road) is rendered with five tall round-arched windows set within round-arched recesses: glazing similar to front. Single storey rear vestry.

Interior

Four-sided gallery with long panels set between pilasters: applied grained finish, typical of the 1860s. Gallery stepped down behind pulpit for organ. Gallery has thin iron posts with applied marbled finish. Box pews, some dismantled to rear of ground floor. Serpentine-fronted pulpit of mahogany, with turned balusters in outer bays, and sweeping side stairs. Flat painted ceiling, boarded and ribbed to centre with large central rose. Large pipe organ in gallery behind pulpit.

Chapel is currently only partially used.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an impressively designed Independent Chapel, designed by a leading later C19 chapel architect in Wales.

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