Stained Glass by ajisaac

Stained Glass

This is part of the 'in need of a little tlc' facade of the Tabernacle Church in Pendre, Cardigan.

Recently town councillors have expressed their sadness at the news that the iconic town centre chapel has been put up for sale.

The Tabernacle, a towering Calvinistic Methodist chapel which has dominated Pendre since 1832, has played a key role in the life of the town for almost two centuries.

During that time it has been the venue for countless weddings, funeral services and eisteddfods.

But councillors have now confirmed that the chapel itself and adjoining house have been placed on the open market.

Cllr John Adams-Lewis said both the chapel and chapel house were Grade II-listed buildings, while Cllr Richard Jones revealed that the chapel vestry had not been put up for sale.

Cllr Clive Davies agreed with Cllr Graham Evans’s observation that the chapel which was altered in 1864 and re-fronted in 1902, would be ‘a sad loss’.

“This is part of the town’s heritage but the loss of this type of building mirrors the future of chapels across the country who are having to contend with falling congregations,” he added.

“I just hope good use is made of it – it would be a great shame to see it go as it’s such a grand building in the centre of town.”

Cllr Evans also posed the question as to whether Cadw – the Welsh ancient monuments association – had been made aware of the move.

We await further developments regarding this wonderful & important building's future!
Great shot with interesting narrative. The sign tells the story
January 22nd, 2023  
I’ve just Googled the building and it is lovely, it would be such a shame to lose it. Maybe there is hope yet.
A few of the churches around me are opening coffee shops and libraries in the buildings to keep them alive. The church on my High Street has a cafe inside and I always use this rather than a Costa or such like.
I love the tiredness and colours in your shot.
January 22nd, 2023  
@ankers70 Many thanks - yes indeed a sad story - but here's hoping it will be sympathetically restored.
January 23rd, 2023  
@pattyblue Thank you for all your comments.
Yes it is a wonderful building, unfortunately I think the congregational were all quite elderly & also I believe the services were in welsh only, which didn't necessary help.
Let's hope that whoever comes along will sympathetically treat the building & maybe it will be put to public use, like a café or art gallery etc.
I'm watching out for further developments.
January 23rd, 2023  
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