Over the years I’ve accumulated a large collection of photographs of Welsh churches and chapels. I took most of the photos myself, firstly with a 35mm film camera and then later with various digital cameras. Back in 2007, I decided to embark on a project to display these images on my website, together with information about each of the churches and chapels that were the subject of the photographs. As the project gathered pace, some of the visitors to my website were kind enough to offer me the use of their own photographs of Welsh churches and chapels.
It took me nine years to upload my entire collection of photographs and to research the history and/or architecture of each church or chapel. During that period, whenever I added a new subject to my online collection, I announced it to the world via several of the Welsh genealogy electronic mailing lists hosted by RootsWeb.com. Unfortunately, following serious technical problems a few months ago, the RootsWeb mailing lists seem to be in terminal decline, so I can no longer use them to broadcast developments on my Welsh Churches and Chapels webpages. Instead, I’ve decided to employ this blog and my Facebook page for this purpose.
My online Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection now comprises over 470 different Welsh places of worship, each displayed on its own separate webpage. I still make trips with my digital camera to photograph more Welsh churches and chapels – and I still receive offers of photographs from other kind folk. So the collection is still expanding.
The most recent additions to my online Collection include several churches and chapels in the towns of Usk (Monmouthshire) and Crickhowell (Breconshire), the parish churches at Llanarthne (Carmarthenshire) and Llanhamlach (Breconshire), and a Welsh Independent chapel at Llanon, Llansanffraid (Cardiganshire). More will follow over the coming weeks and months, so watch this space!
Well done, John. Thank you!