Friday, 4 January 2019

CHAPEL-LICIOUS


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.

We discovered the on the way back from a south wales jaunt: SMYRNA INDEPENDENT CHAPEL was built in 1834 and then rebuilt in 1865 and 1883. The chapel was enlarged in 1915 to the design of architect John Howard Morgan of Carmarthen. This gem standing by a roadside, square, sometime brooding, in dark weather, always proud, like the people of Wales.

Grateful thanks to http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en the brilliant online catalogue of archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage in Wales.