|Closed Methodist Chapels in Wales
We often refer to closed chapels as "redundant" which implies they only have relevance in terms of past congregations. In fact, they may be spaces wherein spiritual experiences changed lives; and religious ritual marked the progression of successive generations in adjacent communities. As such, they are "holy ground" for people living near-by or far away, or as yet unborn; a spiritual home to which they can make a pilgrim journey.
As a contribution to the commemoration of such sites we are making space on our web-site to record 'closed chapels' with pictures and words. The format will undoubtedly evolve. They are organised here by Circuit in which the closure occurred. Even "closure" is not always cut and dried. In some cases the place where congregations worshiped has disappeared and the congregation with it; in others, one Society has integrated with another in a different building; elsewhere, the worpshipping community has moved from one space to another on the same site.
This is just a beginning. We need the active help of people with cameras (or paint brushes) all over Wales to submit photographs and historical details of closed chapels in their own locality. If you can add to details already displayed here (or correction), they will be equally welcome.
A post-code and/or map reference may be of value to visitors.