Visit Us at Soar ChapelY
ou are more than welcome to come and view our stock in person at our showroom/warehouse, located in Soar Chapel, an old Welsh chapel in the village of Penderyn. We are within walking distance of the Penderyn Whisky Distillery (the only distillery in Wales), and two excellent country pubs and restaurant – The Lamb Hotel and The Red Lion Inn.
We are also situated in the world famous waterfall country which includes Sgwd yr Eira – one of the only waterfalls in Britain you can actually walk behind to cross the river. Below are some links you might find helpful if you choose to visit. Please click here for directions and our opening times.
Penderyn Whisky Distillery – http://penderyn.wales/
The Red Lion Inn – http://www.redlionpenderyn.com/
The Lamb Hotel – 01685 811357
Sgwd yr Eira and Waterfall Walks – http://www.visitwales.com/things-to-do/activities/walking-hiking/waterfall-country
Ty Newydd Country Hotel and Restaurant – http://www.tynewyddcountryhotel.co.uk/
A Brief History of Soar Chapel, Penderyn
Situated in the small South Wales village of Penderyn, The Welsh Independent Chapel, Soar was built in 1860, before the place of worship was built meetings were held in a house nearby owned by Mr N B Allen. Mr Allen laid the foundation stone of the new chapel in 1859. The Chapel was extended in 1874 due to the increasing numbers of the congregation, but after the Welsh Christian revival of 1904 a larger Chapel was needed.
The 1904 Welsh revival was the largest Christian revival in Wales during the 20th century. It was one of the most dramatic in terms of its effect on the population, and triggered revivals in several other countries. The movement kept the Chapels of Wales filled for many years to come and Aberdare and the surrounding areas became a major centre for the revival.
The new Chapel was rebuilt in 1912 by architect Thomas Roderick of Aberdare in the Arts and Craft style with a gable-entry plan. Thomas Roderick of Aberdare was a well-known local architect who did work on several of the Aberdare Chapels.
The rebuilt Chapel was considerably bigger than its predecessor and a lot of the original materials of stone, timber, slates and even nails were re-used. The extra stone needed for the new Chapel was quarried from the nearby Cefn Cadlan quarry and transported to the site by railway line which passed outside the Chapel.
Inside, the Chapel has an unusual gallery which is cantilevered and has no support pillars, and this is believed to be the only one of its type in the valley. The Chapel could seat around five hundred people and was the largest in Penderyn.
By the end of the 20th Century with the decline in religion and the falling numbers of people attending the Chapel, Soar closed its doors for the last time as a place of worship in 1983, which brought an end to the era and great loss to the community.
Recently Soar Chapel has re-opened its doors as The Penderyn Furniture Company, selling quality antiques, furniture and collectables throughout the UK through both the Chapel showroom and their extensive website, and has become a must visit place on the antique trail in Wales. This has breathed new life into the old Chapel and community and hopefully secured the future of the building for many years to come.