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Help Morriston chapel be named the country's favourite

An historic Morriston chapel could soon be named Wales' favourite.

Morriston Tabernacle

Tabernacle Chapel, located on Woodfield Street, is in the running for the title as part of a competition being organised by Sacred Wales.

The chapel is the only Swansea building to have made a shortlist of 50 selected by the National Churches Trust.

Opened in 1872, the grade one listed Tabernacle Chapel building was designed by three prominent community figures at the time - Emlyn Jones, a minister; John Humphrey, an architect; and David Edwards, a contractor. The design came about after the trio visited the newest and best chapels in Britain for inspiration.

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: "Known for its regular appearances on Songs of Praise, Tabernacle Chapel has now been at the heart of Morriston's community and culture for close to 140 years.

"The fact it's been shortlisted to be named Wales' favourite chapel or church speaks volumes for its architectural splendour and enduring relevance in the 21st century, but the building needs as many votes as possible to ensure it crosses the finish line in first place. This is why I'd urge people across Swansea to visit the Sacred Wales website by the end of August and cast their votes for Morriston Tabernacle.

"Swansea has also been shortlisted in the race to become UK City of Culture 2021, with buildings of this kind making an important contribution to the rich, varied culture that local people are so proud of. With a more detailed bid due for submission next month, we'll find out towards the end of the year if Swansea will follow in the footsteps of Hull, the UK's current City of Culture."

The chapel is part of a conservation area in Morriston that was first designated in 1975. This status is soon due for review to ensure Morriston's character and heritage is better protected than ever before, as a town that dates from the same period as the Georgian city of Bath.

Head to www.sacredwales.org.uk to vote for Morriston Tabernacle Chapel by August 31. 


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