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Caersalem Chapel

Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil



In 1817 a Baptist Cause was founded in Dowlais and met in the old Bethel Chapel. In 1820 it was decided to build a new chapel so a plot of land just under 300 square yards, was leased from the Dowlais Iron Company for 99 years at an annual rent of 1.14s.11d, and the chapel was built at a cost of 500. Within three years of opening, the congregation had increased and a gallery had to be built at a cost of 150. Caersalem was still considered as a branch of Zion Chapel, Twynyrodyn until 1829 when it gained its independence.


As the congregation grew, a new chapel was required and a new chapel designed by Mr William Lewis, foreman carpenter at the Dowlais Ironworks was built in 1833 at a cost of 509.9s.3d. The congregation grew to such an extent that three new churches were established, originally as branches of Caersalem:- Elim, Penydarren, Hebron and Moriah, and Caersalem was itself refurbished in 1852 at a cost of 650. In 1863 a cottage situated underneath the chapel was converted into a vestry and in 1873 a baptistery was installed.


Caersalem Chapel was forced to close and was finally demolished in 1977 due to the redevelopment of Dowlais. A new chapel was built in 1977 in Pant and is still in use.

Steve Brewer

Wells Street - 1972, and Caersalem Chapel

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Caersalem Interior


Deacons of Caersalem Chapel - Late 1930's / Early 1940's

Back Row L-R:        ?,?, Hardie Griffiths
Middle Row L-R:     Rhynallt Jones, Dick Jones, William Jones, ?, ?, ?
Front Row L-R:        Dai Jones, ?, ?, ?, ?

(Photograph Courtesy of Joyce Sergeant)


Caersalem Chapel - Deacons - Triple Jubilee Year - 1967

Back Row L-R:      D Dan Lewis, W Ivor Dawkins, Elwyn Thomas and Islwyn Griffiths.

Front Row L-R:     J Lewis Dawkins, John Bowen, Stanley Lewis, Dan Griffiths and William Jones.

(Photograph Courtesy of Viv Lloyd)


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