The latest Capel meeting was held at Fishguard on Saturday, May 8th and attended by members of RCAHMW working on the Chapel project. As appropriate in this strongly Baptist, the day commenced with a talk on ‘The Welsh Baptist Heritage in West Pembrokeshire’ by the Reverend D Carl Williams, minister at Hermon Welsh Baptist Chapel. This was followed by a short introduction to history of chapel organs and well received organ recital, both held in Hermon, before an opportunity to tour the chapel (NPRN 10937 www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/10937/details).
After lunch, there was a tour of some of the most notable chapels in the town including Tabernacle Independent Chapel (NPRN 10935, www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/10935/details), Pentowr Calvinist Methodist chapel (NPRN 30047, www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/30047/details) and Bethel English Baptist Chapel (NPRN 10936, www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/10936/details) . More unusually, there was a visit to St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church (NPRN 193, www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/193/details), marked out for its non-conformist architect, whose religious views to an extent are reflected in the layout of the church. Within the churchyard can also be seen the memorial stone to Jemima Nicholas ‘The Welsh Heroine’ , who marched to defeat the French invading Fishguard in 1797. The day, as usual, ended with a spectacular tea prepared by the ladies of Hermon Chapel.
The next Capel Meeting will be held in Wrexham on Saturday, 9th October. For more details of membership and dates of further meetings, as well as downloadable newsletters and publication visit the Capel website at www.capeli.org.uk. For more details of the RCAHMW Chapels Project contact the Royal Commission at www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Our+Services/Enquiry+Services.