Tuesday, 12 March 2013

The Ebenezer Chapel


Originally built by John Wynne, who was the founding father of Trelawnyd ( formally known as Newmarket)' the chapel has stood in the village since 1700. Before that the building was originally a market hall.
illuminated by six oval windows, the chapel itself is bright and welcoming
Bryn Davies is one of the last senior chapel men who is responsible for taking readings when the minister is not present. his grandfather was decon of the chapel as he is today.
The chapel records (below) had to be written in English and not Welsh and date from the 1700s.


The chapel records, which are still added to today by the visiting minister. Below the boxed in pews.
The tiny chapel holds around 100 people, the same as the village church.
Below the ceiling with the ornate ventilation grills. Retain the grandeur of the original 1600s market hall 





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The ceilings and plasterwork

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    1. Jane
      I think the motto means
      LIVING IN THE WORD OF GOD

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    2. Thanks.An elderly lady taught me to say 'without God, without everything' in Welsh when I was very small..no idea how to spell it. That, 'goodnight' and 'no overnight parking' is the extent of my Welsh.
      Jane x

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  2. That is a lovely chapel. Why are the pews boxed off rather than one long open pew? The next time you do a video, please pronounce Trelawnyd. I couldn't quite make it out very well in the last one you did.

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    1. Will do a video tomorrow...just for you x

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    2. The church where Himself and i got married had sectioned pews like this, with doors at each end. In times past, one had to pay a pew rent, and if you had a large family, you needed one of the longer pews.

      The church i attended as a child and teen also had the pews sectioned off to accommodate different sized families.

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  3. I just started watching The Vicar of Dibley last night. Your village churches have so much character. And characters.

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  4. Such a beautiful old chapel.
    I'm just imagining all the generations that have sat in those pews !
    ~Jo

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  5. Nothing dreary or stuffy about that lovely, sunlit space!
    And, what a great history.

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  6. I love these old hand written ledgers - great for those genealogy programmes

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    1. And because it was the law.... Everything is beautifully written in English

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  7. So, John Wayne founded Trelawnyd? No wonder they're so accepting of your scruffy eccentricity!

    PS I didn't realize until recently that you're a native of the area--for some reason I thought you were an English transplant. Can you ever forgive me?? ♥

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    1. Yes Alison I forgive you.... I was born and bred 2 miles from Trelawnyd....but left Wales in 1983

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  8. What is the distinction between a Chapel and a Church? Different faiths?

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    1. Acording to google
      In England, particularly, "church" refers to the Established Church, the Church of England, whereas "chapel" refers to other protestant groups.

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  9. Thanks to you and to Bryn Davies for the Chapel tour.

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  10. I like the simplicity of the place and all that wood. It is the first time I have seen numbered pews.

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  11. What a lovely historic building. Thanks for the tour! :-)

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  12. I love it. I wish I could see it through the ages with all the folk that have been through its doors. xxx

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  13. John, my daughter says can she put the picture of your hens in your header on tumblr? She loves it xx

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    1. Of course! Send me the link so I can seeX

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  14. I love churches of all faiths... this one is so austere especially if compared to the Catholic churches I see here in Spain. But then, there isn't any comparison... it's like apples and oranges...

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  15. Beautiful, wish I could visit, but this will have to do.

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  16. The chapel pews are beautiful. Can't wait for the Video tomorrow!

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  17. Architecturally, this edifice is surely on a par with Westminster Hall and the Sistine Chapel. I am sure you must get hordes of visitors...from Rhyl.

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  18. Really a beautiful place and so full of history.

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  19. That chapel is beautiful. I love small churches with long histories. Much much more than the mega-churches that are more about big productions and raking in the big bucks.

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  20. What a beautiful building.

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