Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston

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Tabernacle Chapel
Capel y Tabernacl
Capel y Tabernacl, Morriston - - 1540479.jpg
Location Morriston, Swansea
Country Wales
Denomination Union of Welsh Independents
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 30 September 1993
Architect(s) John Humphrey
Years built 1874-1877, additions through 1890
Completed 1872

The Tabernacle Chapel[1] (Capel y Tabernacl in Welsh), also known as Libanus Chapel, is a Grade I listed chapel on Woodfield Street in Morriston, Wales.

Designed by the architect John Humphrey and built at a cost of £15,000 in 1872 (equivalent to £1.2 million in 2017),[2] the chapel has seating for 3,000 and has been called the "Nonconformist Cathedral of Wales".[3]

The design was copied many times elsewhere in Wales. The pulpit is the focus and below this is the Sedd Fawr (big seat) for the deacons. The Welsh language inscription above the organ reads Addolwch yr Arglwydd mewn Prydferthwch Sancteiddrwydd (Worship ye the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness), from Psalm 96.[4]

It is used for practice and performance by two local choirs: the Tabernacle Morriston Choir[5] and the Morriston Ladies Choir.[6]

During restoration work in 2012, workers recovered a sixpenny piece placed under the original pinnacle – an unusual feature in a Nonconformist church – in 1872 by the daughter of the builder, industrialist Daniel Edwards.[7]

The chapel interior during a choral concert, 2013 
View from the pulpit 


  1. ^ Morriston Tabernacle Chapel
  2. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  3. ^ The architecture of Wales: Religious Architecture: Libanus (Tabernacle) Chapel, Morriston
  4. ^ Keen, Richard and Burgum, Ian. Wales. Orion Publishing Group (1997) pg. 125.
  5. ^ Morriston Tabernacle Choir
  6. ^ "Morriston Ladies Choir". Archived from the original on 2003-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Historic sixpence found at Nonconformist 'cathedral' ", Heritage in Wales, no 52. Retrieved 11 July 2012.

Coordinates: 51°39′48″N 3°55′30″W / 51.66333°N 3.92500°W / 51.66333; -3.92500