Monday, 31 December 2018

THE WONDER OF WELSH CHAPELS


There is one in every town, city or village in Wales and some places are blessed with several chapels. They are the symbols of that torrent of non-conformist fervour that drenched the land in the late 1600’s until very recently.

Each and everyone one I see makes my heart race. Each is idiosyncratic; standing by a roadside, square, sometime brooding, always proud, like the people of Wales. My artistic idol John Piper (1903-1992) discovered west wales in the 1930s through his wife Myfanwy. They bought a traditional Welsh cottage on Garn Fawr, near Tresinwen, Pembrokeshire. Here Piper made countless prints and paintings inspired by the surrounding scenery.

ST CLEARS SEION WELSH BAPTIST CHAPEL was built in 1849 to the design of Isaac Price of Rhymni. It was later rebuilt/modified in 1887, and further renovated in 1927-8. The chapel is in the Simple Round-Headed style, and has a square plan with a porch to the front and a vestry attached to the right. The building is rendered and whitewashed, with hood moulding round the upper storey windows.