Maerdy Chapels Celebrated With Blue Plaques

Maerdy Chapels Celebrated With Blue Plaques

Mayor Cllr John Watts unveiled the Blue Plaques

Maerdy residents paid tribute to the religious past of their valley community with the unveiling of two Blue Plaques on neighbouring chapels.

Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Cllr John Watts visited the village to join members of Maerdy Archives and local residents for the special unveiling.

Maerdy Archives purchased the two plaques themselves and invited the Mayor to visit the village to unveil them individually as part of the wider Blue Plaque scheme throughout the County Borough.

The first chapel visited by the group was Teify House, formerly Ebenezer Welsh Methodist which was built on the site of an old forge and used between 1910 and 1965. The founding members were actually from neighbouring Bethania who decided to build their own chapel following a disagreement. Remembered as a centre for cultural activities, including a whole range of concerts performed by leading soloists and choirs.

The second recipient of a Blue Plaque was at Cairn Court, formerly Bethania Welsh Methodist Chapel which opened in 1879 and answered the religious needs of the local people for 110 years. The chapel, which cost more than £1,000 to build could seat 400 people, even though the impending Methodist Revivals of 1904 saw more than 600 regularly worship there.

Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf Cllr John Watts said, “It gives me great pleasure to visit Maerdy and unveil two plaques that mark former sites of important chapels in the village.

“I would like to thank the Maerdy Archive for the work they do in the community in recognising the history and heritage of the village and we are pleased as a Council to be able to support them where possible in the work that they do.

“It has been a great pleasure to unveil the latest selection of Blue Plaques throughout the County Borough.

“With the development of a Blue Plaque Heritage Trail visitors will be enthralled by the sheer wealth of history we have to offer, while many long-time residents will also be surprised at the importance of buildings near their own homes.

“We have an incredible heritage and one which we remain justifiably proud of. This is our opportunity to showcase the people, the places and the events of our county borough to all those individuals who live in, work in or visit Rhondda Cynon Taf.”

For further details visit www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk

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