A campaign has been launched to raise the £15,000 needed to save one of Wales’s most important historic chapels: Peniel Chapel Tremadog.

An appeal has been launched to protect of one of the icons of chapel architecture: Peniel Chapel, Tremadog, a Grade I listed Chapel in Gwynedd. Donate £1 to “Save a Pediment in Peril” campaign has been launched to raise the £15,000 needed to save one of Wales’s most important historic chapels. The aim is to hit the target so that renovation work on the pediment can be completed in line with current plans to repair the roof.

Peniel Chapel is located at the southern gateway of the planned town of Tremadog. Its innovative gable front and auditorium plan proved highly influential in the evolution of Welsh chapel design whilst its pedimented portico with Tuscan columns has made it one of Wales’ most iconic chapels. Tremadog was the project of London entrepreneur, William Madocks, who bought the marsh land in 1798 and envisioned it as a settlement on the trade route between London and Ireland. The Calvinistic Methodist chapel was finished in 1810, and when enlarged in 1849 to the original designs, it was possibly the most iconic chapel in Wales, its temple front loosely based on Inigo Jones’ St Paul’s, Covent Garden. Madocks himself was not a dissenter but allowed the building of so large a chapel, observing that “the church is built on rocks, the chapel is built on sand.” £136,000 of grants have provided the funds needed to carry out most of the renovation to the roof, but £15,000 are still needed to finish paying for the vital process of repairing the pediment.

Pillars of Faith:
The pillars and pediment of this iconic chapel are currently impounded due to the perilous condition of the pediment at Peniel.
If the appeal succeeds, the roof and pediment work will be completed by the end of 2018 – over 200 years since the chapel was built “on sand”.

If you would like to support this appeal, please complete the form below and send together with a cheque payable to Addoldai Cymru, and post to:
Addoldai Cymru
Wesley Church Centre
Heol Maesteg Road
Penybont ar Ogwr
CF32 9BT.


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