A Calvanistic Methodist Chapel was first erected at Nantmor in 1829. It was rebuilt in 1868 and is now a Grade II Listed Building.
Notice is hereby given, that a separate building, named Peniel, situate at Nantmor, in the parish of Beddgelert, in the county of Merioneth, and district of Festiniog, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 19th day of June, 1856, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the act of the 6th and 7th Wm. IV., cap. 85. Witness my hand this 23rd day of June, 1856. John Lloyd, Superintendent Registrar.
The Gazette, Tuesday 1 July 1856
Early on Friday morning, the 3rd inst., the above district was visited by one of the most severe storms experienced for some years, the flashes of lightning being almost incessant. A small chapel in the upper part of Nantmor, belonging to the Calvinistic Methodists, was almost destroyed by the lightning. It seems that the electric fluid first struck the earth about five yards from the end of the chapel, passed under a boundary wall and a small stable without doing any damage, then struck the gable end opposite the fire-grate, which it forced in, breaking every pane of glass in the building, and smashing the pulpit and several seats. It appears then to have travelled up the chimney flue, until it reached within a few feet of the top, where it scattered, blowing off nearly the whole of the roof of the building, and throwing the heavy stones of the chimney stack to a considerable distance. It also killed some sheep which happened to be near at the time. With these warnings, it is worth enquiring how many of our chapels, erected at so great a cost, are furnished with lightning conductors?
Llangollen Advertiser, 17 January 1873
Notice is hereby given, that a separate building, named Peniel Chapel, situate at Nantmor, in the parish of Beddgelert, in the county of Merioneth, in the district of Festiniog, being a building certified according to law as a place of religious worship, was, on the 28th day of March, 1891, duly registered for solemnizing marriages therein, pursuant to the Act of 6th and 7th Wm. 4, cap. 85, being substituted for Peniel Chapel, Nantmor, Beddgelert, now disused. Witness my hand this 28th day of March, 1891.Thomas Roberts, Superintendent Registrar.
The Gazette, Friday 3 April 1891
Click here to see a photograph of female members of the Capel Peniel Temperance Society taken in 1913. The following persons have been identified but there are a number of others still to be confirmed:
- Mary Ann EVANS (gwraig y crudd)
- Jane HUGHES, Tanrhiw (?)
- Lily HUGHES, Tanrhiw
- Ann JONES, Ty Capel
- Annie JONES, Tanrhiw
- Mary Ellen JONES (Williams), Garddllygaidydydd
- Jane ROBERTS, Corlwyni
- Jane ROBERTS, Tan y Bryn
- Ann WILLIAMS, Ty Mawr
- Laura WILLIAMS Ty Newydd
Peniel Church, Nantmor, collected £18 towards supplying comforts for men from the district on active service.
North Wales Chronicle, 29 March 1918
Shortly after a service at Nantmor Methodist Chapel, near Portmadoc, on Wednesday night, the entire slated roof of the chapel, including the rafters, was blown away, the greater portion dropping on the roofs of three houses 60 yards away and smashing the roofs and windows. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the damaged houses had to be vacated.
The Times, 1 January 1926
Comedian Greg Davies visited Capel Peniel in 2016, as part of the BBC TV Series Who Do You Think You Are? shown on 1 February 2017, to learn more about his great-great-grandfather Evan Owen, a farmer, who was a deacon at the chapel.
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