HISTORY OF ST. JOHN'S CHURCH, PENRHYN-COCH


'On Tuesday morning, June 14, 1881, a chapel of ease at Llanabadarn Fawr church dedicated to St. John the Divine, was consecrated by Bishop Charles R. Alford, Victoria, Canada, in the absence, through illness of the Lord Bishop of St. David's the Right Reverend Basil Jones.'

'...the first load of stones'
Mr John Llewelyn Jones, Glyn Coed my neighbour told me that his Uncle Evan Jones, Tynfynnon, carried the first load of stones from Peter Jones, Quarry, behind the Queens Hotel in Aberystwyth to build Penrhyn-coch church, in 1881. He was a farm servant at Tynpynfarch Farm with Mr John Richards.

Mr John Llewelyn Jones was the son of old Tom Jones, who was gamekeeper to Sir Pryse Pryse, Gogerddan. Other farmer tennants also carried stones from the quarry.

Sir Pryse paid most for the building of the Church, helped by a parish collection. He also gave the site for the Church and all the land fo burial purpose free. [Florrie Hamer, 1970] Extracts from Florries Hamer Papers No. 2 at NLW]

'...a Church was built'

Through the influence of the Rev J. Pugh of Llanbadarn, and the generosity and readiness of Sir Pryse to co-operate, a Church was built in a field adjoining the school. Sir Pryse gave the land free of charge. The cost of the building was £1,200. This was achieved through the generosity of the Gogerddan family, helped by some of the old faithful members, such as the Court Farm family, the Panteg family, the Cwmbwa Mill family, Mr C.J.Ivory, Gloster Hall, Mr Daniel Hamer, Gloster Cottages, Mr Hughes, Cwmbwa farm and many others.

The contractors, who built the Church were Mr Roderick Williams and Son, Aberystwyth, with Mr Daniel Hamer under contract to them doing the stonework, etc.

After the Church was built, it was consecrated together with the burial ground on June 14th 1881, by the Bishop Charles R. Alford, Victoria, Canada, in the absence of the Rev Basil Jones Bishop of St Davids through illness.

The first Vicar to officiate in the Church was the Rev. E. Evans, Llangorwen, on Easter Sunday 1881. He was also the last to Preach in the Old School, as a guest Preacher and he was one of those who helped a lot in establishing a Church in Penrhyncoch.

[Extract from and Essay written by Sara Ann Hamer in 1897, translation by Florrie Hamer)