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Church of St John the Baptist, Ton Pentre, Ystradyfodwg, Glamorgan

Denomination: Anglican

Dedication: St John the Baptist

Built: 1893/94
Closed: 1979
Rebuilt: 1987
Colour Photography: John Ball
Date: 19 June 1998
Camera: Agfa ePhoto307 digital compact

Note 1: Ystradyfodwg is an ancient parish within the rural deanery of Rhondda in the diocese of Llandaff. It is situated nine miles north west of Llantrisant, in the hundred of Miskin. St John's church, Ton Pentre was the ancient church of Ystradyfodwg, it was closed in 1979 but the congregation continued to meet in the schoolroom. [Source: database (accessed 3 October 2015)]

St John's Church, Ton Pentre
Above: The former Victorian Church of St John, which closed in 1979 [from an old picture postcard]

Note 2: The parish church of St John at Ton Pentre, erected in 1893-94 in place of the ancient church, then removed, is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel with side chapels, nave, aisle, south porch and a western turret, containing two bells, and affords 450 sittings: the communion cup bears the date of 1695. A room for the Sunday school and other purposes, has been erected in the churchyard. The register dates from the year 1717. [Source: Kelly's Monmouthshire and South Wales Directory 1895, page 632: accessible on the Historical Directories website (accessed 3 October 2015)]

Note 3: Built in the later Vernacular style, long-wall entry type. [Source: Coflein database of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (accessed 3 October 2015). Presumably this is a reference to the Victorian parish church.]

Below: The present Church of St John, which opened in 1987.
[The façade of Bethesda Independent Chapel is visible in the background]

St John's Church, Ton Pentre

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