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Bangor University
Hen Gapel, Llanbryn-mair Chapel Records

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS HG

Held at: Bangor University

Title: Hen Gapel, Llanbryn-mair Chapel Records

Short Title: Hen Gapel, Llanbryn-mair Chapel Records

Creation date(s): 1898 - 1932

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 19 items

Name of creator(s): Members and officers of Hen Gapel (Congregational chapel), Llanbryn-mair, Montgomeryshire.


Administrative/Biographical history: Hen Gapel (Old Chapel) in Llanbryn-mair, Montgomeryshire is one of the oldest and most famous chapels in Wales.
As far back as 1635 the Rev Walter Craddoc had a small congregation in Llanbryn-mair. For around forty years, the cause had no home and meetings were held in houses or in a nearby forest. In 1675 a room at Ty Mawr was assigned for their use.
In 1734 the cause in Llanbryn-mair was but an obscure branch on the periphery of the old church of Llanfyllin. However, in 1739 a chapel was built and by 1778 had been extended. The house of worship was re-built in 1821.
Over the years, the chapel has seen many ministers. For 60 years, three members of the same family served consecutively as ministers. John Roberts, the father; Samuel Roberts and John Roberts, the sons.
In April 1939 the chapel had 362 members. In April 1989 the chapel had 291 members.


Scope and content/abstract: Minutes dating from 1898 - 1932, mostly in the hand of Richard Williams, secretary between 1896 - 1936. These 18 items provide an insight into the administration of the chapel e.g. the appointment of ministers and deacons, meetings of various committees, collections held.
Also, an undated volume on the history of Hen Gapel by Maurice Jones of Y Winllan, Llanbryn-mair.


Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts

Conditions governing access: Open to all users.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: A typescript item level catalogue is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales Bangor. Reference numbers : General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts 4862, 5303 - 5320

Language codes: wel


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Received through the good offices of Rev. R.G. Owen, minister of Hen Gapel, Llanbryn-mair, Montgomeryshire between 1925 - 1931.



Note: Description compiled by Elen Wyn Hughes, December 2001.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Congregationalists | Wales | Llanbrynmair

Personal names

Corporate names
Hen Gapel (Llanbrynmair, Wales)

Llanbrynmair (Wales)

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