Cwm Lechwydd Primitive Methodist chapel

Cwm Lechwydd Primitive Methodist chapel
Keith Guyler 1993

Keith Guyler’s notes are a bit hard to follow.  They show that Cwm Lechwydd Primitive Methodist chapel was located at 137744 and rebuilt in 1896 as a Baptist chapel.  He also adds the words “Hepzibah ‘The Pound'” but does not indicate what the significance of this is.  Can anyone tell us more and add a precise location?

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  • Many thanks for the clarification Rosemary.  

    By Christopher Hill (09/04/2015)
  • The location of this chapel can be found on the coflein database of Welsh historic monuments.  They also have images of many archeological sites they have surveyed in the parish of Llanbister

    I understand a history of Cwm Llechwedd chapel, Llanbister was published by the minister in 1996:

    Haydn Davies, The Pound Chapel, Llanbister, Radnorshire, 1896-1996: Centenary Commemoration, 48pp, 1996, np. Available from author at The Manse.

    Otherwise, there is a history of the “Pound Chapel” online, which describes how a Mr & Mrs Morris (Calvinistic Methodists) were then baptised and conducted Baptist services in their own home.  Later they rented a disused Primitive Methodist chapel for £1 per year.

    Many Welsh chapels were given names from the Old Testament. Perhaps this is why the chapel was also known as “Hepzibah”? 

    Isaiah 42 v3: ”No more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed deserted: but thou shall be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married”.  In John Wesley’s explanatory notes this verse refers to the development of the church in the gospel days.

    By Rosemary Broadhurst (08/04/2015)

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