Digressing for once from the modern to the near modern in an ancient landscape. Having cycled to Tregaron I took a walk along the Mountain Road with chapel hat peg expert Tim Rushton.
Afore very long we came upon a chapel, set slightly back from the track, tucked snugly into the trees.
Deserted yet maintained, grass trimmed the low structure sealed soundly against the weather.
Calvinistic Methodist small chapel/schoolroom of 1866, a branch of Bwlchgwynt Chapel, Tregaron. Simple plastered interior with cast-iron and timber combined pews and desks. Small plain pulpit. Listed as the best preserved of the small branch chapels in the region. Historically important as illustrating the spread of non-conformity during the mid to later C19 in sparsely populated upland districts.
We took a look inside – there the bare wooden benches remained, touched only falling dust and time.
An anachronism within an anachronism surrounded by wood and fern.
2 thoughts on “Capel y Rhiw – Rhiwdywyll”
I am very eager to get in touch with someone who knows the history of the derelict cottage that was next door to this building please. It was our favourite place to visit with my late family and I have a painting of the cottage. Looking forward to hearing from you please! Liz Chapman
Sadly I was just passing through the are so have no info – hopefully there is someone out there with further facts.