croesyparc chapel textOur history

Croes-y-parc Baptist Church, Peterston-super-Ely, Glamorgan, was established in 1776 as a Particular/Strict Baptist church following visits by Rees Edwards, a member of Pen-y-garn Baptist church, Pontypool, Monmouthshire. The congregation met initially in the old castle, but after its admission to the Baptist Association in 1778, the ruined house of Croes-y-parc was leased, and a chapel constructed. The increase in membership necessitated rebuilding in 1843 to accommodate 500 people.
Croes-y-parc was the mother church of Tabernacl Welsh Baptist Church 1813, in the Star and Garter, on the western side of Cardiff Castle, later (1821) in The Hayes, Cardiff, and also of other churches at Cadoxton, Twynyrodyn, and Pentyrch. (source Archives Wales).
Within the grounds there is Monumental grave marker of inscribed stone, approx. two metres high. This early C20 graveyard monument, comprising granite shaft with inscription on a rock faced plinth, was erected in 1910 to commemorate Dafydd Williams, a noted hymn writer and one of the founder members of the original chapel opened in 1777. Dedicated in October 1910.
The chapel and curtilage is a Grade 11 listed building which is one of only a few ‘long-wall’ chapels in Wales. The pulpit was sited so that sun would stream through the windows and illuminate the Word of God (the Bible). Halfway up the stairs to the right as you enter is an original coffin bearer.
Due to declining numbers, the manse and vestry of the chapel were sold in the latter part of the 20th century. The vestry became Chapel House, sited at the top of the car park.
Although membership declined through the late 20th century, in recent years the Chapel has seen growth in the numbers attending, particularly young families. 
In 2015 we built a new Hall, to replace the vestry, located in the car park.  We also improved parking facilities and access for those with disabilities.  We are currently raising funds to do necessary repairs and improvements in the Chapel building itself.