Tredegar Primitive Methodist chapel
Tredegar Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1846 but the work was so badly done that the wet came through the walls in streams. In 1853 they closed the chapel to put this right; they slated one side and end and pointed the other. There were other improvements including painting everything that didn’t move.
It re-opened on July 3rd 1853 with sermons by J Richards of Pontypool. The annual tea meeting was held in the town hall the following day, when around 500 people who all “appeared cheerful and happy” sat down to tea. J Hibbs took the chair and there were addresses by J Richards, E Hall, W Lewis, T Fudge and R and S Thatcher. They hoped the tea meeting and the collections at the services would pay for the improvements.
Slaters Directory says that in 1858/9 there were seven local Methodist chapels; there were 2 Primitive Methodist chapels, in addition to which there were 2 Calvinistic Methodist chapels, and 3 Wesleyan Methodist chapels. There are pictures of one of the two Primitive Methodist chapels on the Tredegar past and present website, which you can see here.
In the The Primitive Methodist magazine of 1866, W Harvey tells of the re-opening of Tredegar Primitive Methodist chapel – although I’m not sure which one – after the building of a new wall & steps and painting. Preachers at the re-opening were :Revs J Broadhurst, J Lewis and W Harvey; the Superintendent of works was H Stephens. Donors included Messrs Fudge, Miss Hartley, Lloyd, Thomas Vine, Jones and Hancock.
Primitive Methodist magazine September 1853 p.557 account by Joseph Hibbs
Primitive Methodist magazine July 1866 pp.434 – 435 account by W Harvey