Ystradgynlais & District

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Ainon Chapel, Ystradgynlais

Ainon Chapel was first constructed in 1848, and was rebuilt in 1888. It is located on Heol Giedd, the other side of the river from what is now the main town of Ystradgynlais, but what in the past used to be more the heart of the old town. To get to the chapel from town, go down Commercial Street from the Cross, pass over the bridge across the Tawe towards the Ynyscedwyn Arms, but bear immediate right by the pet shop. You will pass Sardis Chapel and the Penybont Inn on your left, and after a short run of houses, Ainon Chapel is also located on your left, next to Caedegar Road.

Ainon is a Welsh Baptist Chapel and had its origins in a group of baptists who began meeting in a house in nearby Pelican Street.

Ainon Chapel members used to baptise their children in the pool below 'Pont y Doctor' near Gorsedd Park, up until 1925.

Ainon Chapel used to have a schoolhouse, called Salem, in Cwmtawe Road, Penrhos, that was erected in 1905.


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The dedication stone reads:-

Capel Y Bedyddwyr
Adeiladwyd 1848
Ail Adeiladwyd 1888

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