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Mount Zion Baptist Chapel

Mount Zion Baptist Chapel is the oldest surviving place of Christian worship in Glascoed. The History of the chapel and nonconformist witness in the hamlet can be found in the following two booklets.

The first of these, is the most interesting source I have read on the village to date: A. Glyndwr Williams’ History of Glascoed Chapel, to 1970.

The second is a brief history of worship at Mount Zion.

The third are the Minute Books of the chapel.

There are also several stories of Tea parties, etc in the Newspapers section. In 1851, the chapel was approved to be used for solemnizing marriages.

See also the Records pages below:

Glyn Williams Monumental Inscriptions - The earliest transcription I have, started in 1951, by Glyn Williams, the author of the History of Glascoed chapel.

David Woolven Monumental Inscriptions - A long-standing transcription from one of Monmouthshire’s pioneers of monumental inscriptions. Many thanks for all the hard work put in over the years!

Susan Wright’s 2005 Monumental Inscriptions fill in some gaps in the other inscriptions – particularly those of later Inscriptions.

A short account of one of the Tea’ Parties (also mentioned in Glyn Williams’ book) from the 1863 Usk Observer is one of those recounted in the Newspaper section.

Mount Zion Sunday School:

Back Row: (Left to Right)

Cliff Pardoe, Merfyn Williams, Don Knight, William Knight, Jim Jones, Cyril Williams, Philip Williams, Rev. W.R. Watkins

Second Row: (Left to Right)

Dick Knight, William Parry, Lyndon Topham, Glyn Williams, Gwenfron Watkins, Pat Lewis, Olwen Allen, Ciss Lawrence, Mrs Watkins, Sybil Williams, Mrs G. Williams

Third Row: (Left to Right)

Fred Allen, Roy Jones, Roy Knight, Denis Davies, Jack Meredith, Doris Leaves, Nancy Parry, Lily Topham, Jean Meredith, Betty Knight, Rose Smith, Nancy Herbert, Hilda Price

Front Row: (Left to Right)

May Jones, Glyn Pardoe, Merfyn Lewis, Bob Goodhall, [SPACE] Freda Parry, Clarice Topham, Margaret Lewis, Gwen Jones

Names provided by Glyn Williams, published with thanks to him for this and all his help and knowledge..