[former] Nantmawr Independent (Congregational) Chapel [former] "Smyrna" Independent (Congregational) Chapel, Nantmawr
Congregationalists met in houses at Nantmawr from 1818 until they built a chapel named "Smyrna", on the opposite side of the road to the chapel in the photograph. The chapel was built in 1830-1 on land leased from the Earl of Powis for £2 p.a., and formally opened on 9th June 1831. It does not appear on the 1851 Religious Census. In time the building became too small for the congregation, so a new chapel was built (in the photograph).
This gothic chapel was built in 1875 (on land bought in 1873) to a design by John Sulman, A.R.I.B.A., of The Guildhall Chambers, Basinghall in the City of London. The builder was J. Whitridge Davies of Oswestry. It had a school below the chapel and a manse next door for the minister and a school house for the teacher. The memorial stone was laid on the 25th January 1875 by Thomas Barnes of the Quinta, a noted benefactor of nonconformist chapels. The chapel opened on 3rd August 1875. The total cost of all the buildings was about £2,500. It had its own burial ground attached. The chapel was registered for solemnizing marriages on 18th January 1884. The chapel was used as a school for a while, then closed. It was de-registered as a place for religious worship on 4th December 1975. It is now a private house.
Grid ref: SJ 250244

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