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Gibea Chapel, Lotwen Road / Thornhill Road, Cwmgwili, Carmarthenshire

Name: Gibea Chapel

Denomination: Calvinistic Methodist

Built: 1899

1. Built in the simple round-headed style, gable entry type. Still in use in 2000. Source: Coflein database.
2. A register of christenings, 1911-1960, and a minute book, 1915-1992 are deposited with the National Library of Wales. Further details (in Welsh) at Archives Network Wales.
3. There is a photograph of the chapel taken prior to its closure, on the Dyfed Family History Society website.
4. As as result of a planning application approved in November 2002, the chapel was converted into a private residence, which is currently (August 2007) on offer for £335,000.
  Gibea Chapel, Cwmgwili
Photography: John Ball
Date: 11 August 2007
Camera: Nikon D50 digital SLR

Gibea Chapel, Cwmgwili

Gibea Chapel, Cwmgwili
Gibea Chapel Graveyard

A small burial yard is situated on the opposite side of the road from the chapel. The graveyard is on sloping land and is currently only about one quarter occupied. The entrance gate bears a plaque (right)
  Gibea Chapel Graveyard, Cwmgwili
Below: Eastern side of the chapel graveyard, viewed from the north.
Gibea Chapel Graveyard, Cwmgwili

The burial yard contains one military grave, that of Leading Aircratfman D. J. Rees of the Royal Air Force, whose details are recorded in the database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

CWGC database entry

The record above and the gravestone (below left) omit the age of the deceased, but the General Register Office Deaths Index (below right) shows him to have been 25 years old when he died.

Military Gravestone, Gibea Chapel Graveyard, CwmgwiliGRO Death Index, June Quarter 1946

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