Sunday, July 05, 2015

Zion Chapel, Rowen

Zion Chapel or Capel Seion is found in the village of Rowen in the Conwy Valley.

It was built in 1819 as Seion Calvinistic Methodist Chapel and rebuilt in 1841 in the Simple Round-Headed and Vernacular style of the short-wall entry type.

The chapel was rededicated in 1841 as Siloam Particular Baptist Chapel and later used as a Women's Institute Hall and then a private residence.

The chapel is square in shape with three aisles. When it is open it houses an exhibition of Welsh nonconformity; photographs of the school, village and local people.

It has one of the most attractive ceiling roses that I have ever come across

A contribution to
Inspired Sundays;
Blue Monday.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Salute to the V-Force

Last weekend was the final flight for the Vulcan XH558 on a two-day, round-the-country tour - Salute to the V-Force - of the locations where the remaining V-Force airframes & planes are on display in a variety of museums and exhibitions.

At around 3pm last Saturday it flew over Manchester Airport and I captured these few shots from near the Shadowmoss tram stop close to the perimeter of the airport.

Avro Vulcan XH558 was built in 1960 and retired from display flying for the RAF in 1993. In the 1960s, these planes were to carry the UK's nuclear deterrent (had it ever been necessary) until that task fell to the Polaris submariners. They were used for long range conventional bombing missions during the Falklands conflict in 1982, and then retired from active service. This plane was restored to flying between 2005 and 2007 by by the Vulcan to the Sky Trust.

2015 is to be her last flying display season. A variety of factors have led to this situation - XH558 now has more flying hours under her belt than any other Vulcan ever did, so whilst still perfectly airworthy for the foreseeable future, it's now getting harder to know where to look for potential problems; spare parts are increasingly difficult to source, and last but not least, engineers with real, hands-on experience of the aircraft in RAF service are almost all retired or departed this life.

As a result, the Technical Authorities (essentially the three businesses that maintain the aeroplane) have decided not to continue to keep her flying beyond 2015. Under Civil Aviation Authority regulations, she must therefore be evermore grounded.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Llangelynnin New Church

Llangelynnin Old Church dedicated to St Celynnin is located some miles away. It was used regularly until 1840, when it closed following depopulation of the area. A new church was consequently built, carrying the same name, nearer the centres of population. The new church was designed by Thomas Jones of Chester in a much grander, lofty late Georgian style. Unusually, the tower has a square lower storey surmounted by an octagonal embattled upper stage. It is Grade II listed.

This new church also eventually closed (in the 1980s), but the font from the church is now displayed by the altar in Llangelynnin old church.

The sign on the tree in the graveyard reads:

Welcome to
Ancient Arts Studio

This building is no longer a
church and is not open to the

The graveyard is still open for

It is now the studio of David Chapman, a sculptor and artist, who founded Ancient Arts in 1995.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Llandudno War Memorial and the Moon

Following up from yesterday's Llandudno view here is another - this time showing the back of the War Memorial.

The War Memorial which was erected in the 1920s, was designed by by S Colwyn Foulkes. It takes the form of a rusticated granite obelisk with a golden ball finial with flame cresting. The memorial is flanked to North-west and South-east by strips of ground set out with low slender bollards of granite and with four contemporary lamp standards with wide fluted circular shafts with moulded bases, each shaft surmounted by multi ball lamp finials of glass.

In the background are wind turbines far out at sea.

Beyond the golden ball finial was a half-moon.

A contribution to Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Llandudno sea view

This was our view is from the third floor side room where we stayed last month at the Esplanade Hotel.

Past the side of the Merrion Hotel is a section of South Parade set aside for the parking of motorcycles.

Beyond the promenade lies the beach and the pier. The pier originally started beyond the Grand Hotel before a landward extension was built around the side the Grand.

The top half of a landing slip for small boats can be seen. A further landing slip nearer the pier is fully submerged.

I took so many photographs that week that it will take me months to sort through them all. We've already booked a return visit for September.

A contribution to
Water World Wednesday;
Wednesday Waters;
signs, signs.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Church gone Bonkerz

Eglwys Crist/Christ Church in Llandudno dates from 1858 and was built originally as the Welsh Annibynwyr/Congregational chapel. It was first shared with English Congregationalists (later the United Reformed Church) but was relinquished to them when a Welsh chapel was built in Deganwy Avenue. It is an imposing Gothic style building with 18 very beautiful stained glass windows. Its spire was removed after storm damage.

Dwindling congregations eventually led to this listed building being sold and the church now houses the Bonkerz Fun Centre.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Capel Tabernacl, Llandudno

The building erected in 1875 replaced an earlier chapel on the corner of Llewelyn Avenue and Vardre Lane. The first Tabernacle chapel in Llandudno, dating from 1815 was itself rebuilt in 1835. The chapel was extended in 1902 by G.A.Humphries to incorporate the schoolroom, the ionic-pillared portico and a new main entrance.

The chapel closed in 2013. The adjoining schoolroom is used as an exhibition centre.

A plaque records that the chapel's minister, the Rev Lewis Valentine was one of the three Welsh nationalist activists who made an arson attack on the RAF Bombing School at Penyberth, Pwllheli on 8 September 1936.

The red plaque reads:
Lewis Valentine 1893 1986

Cenedlaetholwr a heddychwr.
Gweinidog Capel y Tabernacl, ac un o sylfaenwyr, a Llywydd cyntaf,
Plaid Cymru. Fe'i carcharwyd am losgi'r
Ysgol Bomio Rafftiau ym Mhen y Berth, Sir Caernarfon.

Nationalist and pacifist.
Minister of Tabernacl Chapel and a founder and first President
of Plaid Cymru. Imprisoned for the burning of
RAF bombing school at Pen Y Berth, Caernarfonshire.

Capel Tabernacl (Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Chapel) is Grade II listed.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.