Sunday, July 26, 2015

Peniel Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Trefriw

Two weeks ago I showed you St Mary's Church, Trefriw.

The small parish church is very much overshadowed by the huge Methodist Chapel.

The old Peniel chapel (up School Bank Road) was built in Victorian times but closed in August 1910 when it became too small for its congregation. Peniel Calvinistic Methodist chapel was built in 1909. The original plans show that it was intended to have a spire and would have been even more imposing.

The new Peniel Chapel seated 550 people, with an attached schoolroom capable of holding 225 more. It was designed by a company from Shrewsbury, and is somewhat reminiscent of a late-Gothic style. Its organ was water-powered.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Haughton Green Methodist Church and Sunday School.

The brick-built church on the corner of Two Trees Lane and Sunningdale Road, Haughton Green, Denton, Manchester, was founded in 1810 as the Haughton Green Wesleyan Chapel. It has a slate roof, a gable at each end and plain rounded windows. Inside, there was a central pulpit at the southern end, a gallery on all four sides and a pipe organ behind the pulpit. The organ was supplied by Alexander Young & Sons in 1894. It was converted from hand-pumping to electric in 1947.

A new entrance to the church was erected in 1913. A house attached to the Church was taken down in 1981.

The Church building was in need of much restoration and the last service was held on January 9th 2011 after which all services were held in the former Sunday School. It was sold to a private buyer in 2012 for conversion into a house.

Since being sold the property has deteriorated further and the former graveyard is overgrown. As of July 2015 it is due to be auctioned.

The Sunday School was built across the road on Two Trees Lane in 1877. In 1974 alterations were made after the congregation of the former Haughton Green Primitive Methodists joined the church. The School is used by community groups as well as the church.

More information and a photograph from 2008 can be seen on the Pitt Dixon website. Additional photographs can be found on Geograph. There is also a Facebook group Friends Of Haughton Green Methodist Church Building.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

St Mary's, Trefriw, Conwy Valley, Wales

A church was built here about 1230 by Llewelyn ap Iorwerth as a chapel of ease for his wife, Joan, who was the daughter of England's King John, as she found the trek up the hill to Llanrhychwyn church too tiring. The church was entirely remodelled in the 15th, 16th and 19th Centuries and no part of the original church now remains except possibly part of the wall of the south aisle.

A contribution to Inspired Sundays.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Zozagardo at New Islington

The New Islington Marina is centred on Old Mill Street in an area of Ancoats, Manchester, that has seen considerable urban regeneration since the Millennium. The marina services both the Ashton Canal on one side and the Rochdale Canal on the other, although there is no direct connection between the two canals.

The Zozagardo is a 57ft, metal-hulled narrowboat from the River Weaver that has been based at the New Islington Marina since 2011.

The large central basin off the Rochdale Canal has a number of permanent moorings.

Some narrowboats have been moored at New Islington long enough to develop their own canal-side garden.

A contribution to
ABC Wednesday;
Wednesday Waters;
Skywatch Friday.

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.