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Calvinistic Methodist College, Trevecca, 1860

Trefeca (also Trefecca, Trevecca, and Trevecka), located between Talgarth and Llangorse Lake in what is now south Powys in Wales, was the home of the 18th-century Methodist leader Hywel Harris (English: Howell Harris).

Trefecca college, 191?

Teulu Trefeca[edit]

In 1752, Harris, one of the foremost leaders of the Welsh Methodist revival, established a Christian community there known as Teulu Trefeca ("the Trefeca Family"). The additions to his family house were in an unusual Neogothic architectural style, one of the first examples in Wales, completed by 1772.

Coleg Trefeca[edit]

In 1768, Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, established a theological seminary nearby, following the expulsion from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, early that year, of six Anglican students because of their alleged Methodist leanings.[1] The college transferred to Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, in 1791.[2] The building used is now a farm. Cheshunt College was later affiliated with the Congregational Union of England and Wales. It moved again in 1906 to Cambridge [3] and merged with Westminster College, Cambridge in 1967.[4] It is now a residential retreat centre, Coleg Trefeca.

In 1872, a Harris Memorial Chapel was added to Trefeca, designed by R. G. Thomas of Menai Bridge.

Howell Harris Museum[edit]

The Howell Harris Museum is located at Coleg Trefeca. Open by appointment, the exhibits focus on the life of Howell Harris and the community of Teulu Trefeca that he founded.[5]

Notable students[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ British History Online: The City of Cambridge: Theological Colleges
  2. ^ Dissenting Academies Online: The Countess of Huntingdon's College, Trevecka (1768-1791), accessed 3 April 2016
  3. ^ British History Online: The City of Cambridge: Theological Colleges
  4. ^ Westminster College: History
  5. ^ Methodist Heritage: Howell Harris Museum, accessed 3 July 2016

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Coordinates: 51°58′52″N 3°14′52″W / 51.9811°N 3.2478°W / 51.9811; -3.2478