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RHONDDA WELSH BAPTIST CHAPEL, HOPKINSTOWN ROAD, TREHOPCYN; HOPKINSTOWN

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NPRN 10150

Map Reference ST09SE

Grid Reference ST05919067

Unitary (Local) Authority Rhondda, Cynon, Taff

Old County Glamorgan

Community Pontypridd

Type of Site CHAPEL

Broad Class RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY

Period Post Medieval

Site Description Capel Rhondda was first built in 1853, modified in 1861 and rebuilt in 1886. The present chapel, dated 1886, is stone-built in Pennant Sandstone, in the Italianate Style with a gable-entry plan. There is a smaller hall attached to the right (east) of this chapel with a date stone of 1905 on it. The chapels principal claim to fame is as the building in which the world-famous hymn tune 'Cwm Rhondda' ('Guide me, O thou Great Jehovah') was first sung on Sunday 1 November 1907. The hymm was written by the local composer John Hughes who was asked to write a hymn tune to celebrate the installation of a large new pipe organ and the hymn was sung at the Cymanfa Ganu (Singing Festival) on that occasion.

RCAHMW, August 2010

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