Ystradgynlais & District

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Moriah Chapel, Ystradgynlais

Our information on Moriah Chapel, Ystradgynlais, is borrowed from 'Y Daflen' (The Page) January 2015, the publication of the Ystradgynlais District Heritage and Language Society, to whom we have no connection. Currently, this is the only information we have been able to find on Moriah Chapel.

Yorath Chapel, Cwmgiedd established a Sunday school in Penrhos, named 'Capel Yr Ynys' in 1850. In 1906, due to shifting demographics and the construction of the railways, and then a new road, superceding the canal as the main thoroughfare, the decision was taken to construct a new chapel on what is now Brecon Road. This building, Moriah Chapel opened in April 1906

Moriah Chapel closed in 1980 due to declining membership and the poor state of the building due to dampness. It was demolished in June 1991 and the manse, which was attached to the chapel, is now a private house. Moriah's organ and stained glass windows were transferred to Yorath Chapel.

From 'Y Daflen' (The Page) January 2015, the publication of the Ystradgynlais District Heritage and Language Society, to whom we have no connection.

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, November 1944 came the news of the death of a deacon of Moriah Chapel, Penrhos:-


The death occurred last Thursday of Mr Evan Jones, Glan[???], Penrhos, Ystradgynlais, at the age of 59. He had been in failing health for some time. Mr Jones was a fine personality and took an active interest in all local affairs. He was deacon and Sunday school teacher of many years' standing at Moriah Chapel, Penrhos. The district will be much the poorer for the passing of Evan Jones on account of his work on behalf of humanitarian organisations. Prior to his illness, Mr Jones was a miner and was presidentr of the Anthracite Miners' Association. He was a member and official of the Ystrdgynlais Ambulance Car and Nursing Associations, and a trustee of the Ystradgynlais Miners' Welfare association. He was a son of the late Mr William Evan Jones, J.P., Penrhos.
Rhere was a very large and representative gathering at the funeral which took place on Monday, burial being at Carmel Chapel graveyard, Abercrave. Officiating were the Revs D G Jones, Moriah, Robert Beynon, Carmel, Isaac Morris, Tabernacl, Glanvill Davies, Yorath, and D R Beynon, Jerusalem. Also present were the Revs D L Williams, Rector, D O Jones, curate, and Owen Williams, Sardis. Mr Aneurin Pritchard was the organist. Messrs Henry Griffiths, William Griffiths, Thomas D Jones, William Davies, Stanley Evans, and Aneurin Pritchard were bearers.


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