Hope Mission Calvinistic Methodist Chapel (Presbyterian Church of Wales),
Name: Hope Chapel
High Street, Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan
Denomination: Calvinistic Methodist (Presbyterian Church of Wales from 1928)
Rebuilt: 1891 (but see Note 3 below)
1. Built in 1861, modified, altered or rebuilt 1891. Building style is Gothic, gable entry type. A prominent feature of this chapel is the flanking turrets.
[Extracted from Coflein database (NPRN: 9887)]
2. Evans, Thomas, 1843-1900, a Congregational minister, was born at Welshpool, from which place his parents moved to Newtown, where his early manhood was spent. He was educated as a schoolmaster, in which profession he served at Aberhosan. In 1873 he was ordained pastor of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church at Welshpool. In 1870 he moved to Hope Chapel, Merthyr, where he laboured for eight years.
[Extracted from Congregational Year Book, 1902, accessed online in Eminent Welshmen: A Short Biographical Dictionary of Welshmen who have attained distinction from the earliest times to the present, by T. R. Roberts (Asaph), Vol I, The Educational Publishing Company, Ltd., Cardiff & Merthyr Tydfil, 1908]
3. The Calvinistic Methodists did not build Hope until 1875.
[Extracted from Religion, by Rev Noel Gibbard, in Merthyr Tydfil: A Valley Community, Merthyr Tydfil Teachers' Group and D. Brown & Sons Ltd., Cowbridge, 1981; ISBN 0-905928-15-6]
3. Further photographs on Alan George's Old Merthyr Tydfil website.
Photography: John Ball
Date: 30 April 1998
Camera: Agfa ePhoto307 digital