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Latitude: 51.8058 / 51°48'21"N
Longitude: -4.2331 / 4°13'59"W
OS Eastings: 246132
OS Northings: 214269
OS Grid: SN461142
Mapcode National: GBR DK.XGMY
Mapcode Global: VH3LQ.KWZ0
Entry Name: Bethel Baptist Chapel and attached vestry.
Listing Date: 2 September 1999
Last Amended: 12 December 2003
Source ID: 22270
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: Situated some 250m down lane running NE from B4306 in Llangyndeyrn village, on the NW side of lane.
Traditional County: Carmarthenshire
Baptist chapel first built 1797, rebuilt 1840-1, remodelled 1904, the interior detail typical of the work of J H Morgan of Carmarthen.
Chapel, unpainted stucco with slate hipped roof, in grey slates, with flat eaves. Two-storey, 3-window front of small arched windows with Florentine timber tracery (2-light and roundel) of 1904 and bead-moulded surrounds. Centre arched doorway with panelled double door and leaded crescent overlight, also 1904. Leaded glazing. Raised plinth, channelled angle piers. Date plaque over door, 'Bethel Baptist Chapel Built 1797 Rebuilt 1840 Renovated 1904'. Rendered end walls. W wall plaque to Rev William Thomas d1813 'the first Unitarian Minister of this congregation'. Inscribed beneath: 'Believing one true living God/ And Christ his Son his paths to tred/ General Baptist I preferred/ In peace I deid I have not err'd'. Rubble stone rear with 2 arched windows, stone voussoirs and square impost blocks. Similar Florentine tracery.
Rear NE whitewashed rubble stone vestry range with N end stack. Half-gable to S with steps up to door. E side has basement door to right and C20 window first floor centre. Blank rear wall
Interior of 1904 with the exception of the 5 iron columns with leaf capitals that support the 3-sided gallery, which are C19. Panelled ceiling. Gallery with gently curved main front, timber, with plain cornice, small horizontal panels under open panels with short turned balusters. Plain pulpit with steps up each side, ball finials, shaped balusters and shallow-curved front, panelled below small square balusters. Two brass oil lamps. Pews in 3 blocks, curved, and some inward facing pews each side of pulpit. Raked curved gallery pews. Lobby has 3-light leaded window with coloured glass and double doors each side. Tiled floor and 4-panel doors on gallery stairs.
Included as a well-preserved hipped-roof chapel of c1840, remodelled in 1904 with attractive interior.
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