I have uploaded three more images to the website.
Bethania Independent Chapel, South Street, Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil
Two images of St Tydfil, Lower High Street, Merthyr Tydfil. This is the old
parish church and once the mother church of St David's, High Street.
According to legend, the church and town is named after Saint Tudful /
Tydfil, a daughter of King Brychan of Brycheiniog. We were told at school
that this heroine, our Patron Saint, was pursued and murdered by a band of
marauding Picts and Saxons around 480; the place was subsequently named
Merthyr [Martyr] Tydfil in her honour.
Merthyr is full of history. Once the largest producer of iron in the world,
Merthyr is best known for the role it played in the Industrial Revolution.
With the increased size of the ironworks, so the size of Merthyr soared. In
1801 a population of 7,700 was recorded, which rose to 22,000 in 1831 and to
46,000 in 1851, establishing Merthyr as by far the largest town in Wales.
Merthyr maintained its supremacy as the world's number 1 'Iron and Steel
Town' until the 1850's.
My best wishes, Jill
Photographs of Welsh Chapels and Churches