Beaufort Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Church

Photo:Photo.1 View of gravestones laid flat

Photo.1 View of gravestones laid flat

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

Photo:Photo.2 Another view of gravestones

Photo.2 Another view of gravestones

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

Photo:View looking up where the Chapel and Schoolroom once stood towards the War Grave in top left corner

View looking up where the Chapel and Schoolroom once stood towards the War Grave in top left corner

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

Photo:Photo of one of the graves laid flat

Photo of one of the graves laid flat

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

Photo:Another gravestone laid flat

Another gravestone laid flat

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

Photo:A very small grave stone

A very small grave stone

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

Photo:Photo of the war grave of R.U.J. Churchill

Photo of the war grave of R.U.J. Churchill

Photo taken October 2017 by E & R Pearce

location of former Ebenezer Primitive Methodist chapel, Beaufort

This was the first Primitive Church in South Wales

By Christopher Hill

The Primitive Methodist magazine for September 1854 contains an account by Isaac White of Brynmawr, of the re-opening of Beaufort Primitive Methodist chapel on Sunday May 28th 1854.

The village had been missioned by John Ride and a society formed with a small chapel in 1823 .  This was the first Primitive Methodist chapel in South Wales. It was enlarged in 1836, but the woodwork in the course of time was found to be giving way. Extensive renovations were carried out  including the construction of a new gallery and replacing the windows.  Most spectacularly, a schoolroom was built behind the pulpit.  It was about 5' above the chapel floor and two windows between the schoolroom and the chapel were installed.  Mr White compares the view when the windows were opened to be like having an orchestra behind the pulpit.

The re-opening services were led by Mr W Antliff of Haslingdon.  The total cost was £230 of which they had raised £80.  Special thanks to J&W Needham - although Mr White does not say what for.

The chapel was located in Primitive Place - parallel to Wesleyan Place and Baptist Place - and was still marked on Ordnance Survey maps in 1988.  Although the chapel, known as Ebenezer, has disappeared. the graveyard around it has been landscaped into a green space, retaining the stones, now laid flat.

Cholera outbreaks in 1845-1851 resulted in 70 local people being buried here. The last recorded burial was on September 7th 1975.

In 2017 the green space ,which was intended to be made into a Memorial Garden incorporating a wildflower meadow, a native hedgerow and other wildlife friendly planting, is sadly overgrown for most of the year. The local council  do mow it from time to time.

In the top left hand corner of the site there is one isolated war grave commemorating Private R U J Churchill of the South Wales Borders. He was the son of a prominent family of the church.

Why was this grave stone not moved with the others?

Reference:

Primitive Methodist magazine September 1854 pp. 504-5

Grid Reference: SO16661169

This page was added by Christopher Hill on 07/11/2016.

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