The Parish of Porth Newydd

St John The Evangelist Church - Cymmer, Rhondda, South Wales, UK.

April 2005

Location of our church - click HERE


History of the church

St John's 1909 - Click HERE for a larger imageDuring the early nineteenth century those who lived in the area of Cymmer and Porth were situated in the Parish of Llantrisant. They would have had to travel to Llanwonno, Ystradyfodwyg and Llantrisant for their Worship.

In 1874 a committee was formed un the Parish of Llantrisant to consider whether to build a church in Cymmer. It was then settled that a church would be built in Cymmer, and the foundation stone was laid by Archdeacon of Llandaff on the 14th June 1888.

The church of St John the Evangelist was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Llandaff, the Right Rev. Richard Lewis, on the 5th June 1889 and it is now well over 120 years old. Major restoration work has been carried out in recent years inside the church. The new light wood furniture has given it a very modern lift. Click HERE for interior Pictures.

A list of incumbents of St Johns church can be found HERE

More history of Religion of Porth and the Rhondda Valleys HERE

St John's Centenary booklet 1889-1989


Click HERE for a slideshow of the refurbishment work being carried out.

Click HERE for a slideshow of 2005 open days on 6th and 7th May

Click HERE for Pictures of the 2008 Open Day

Click HERE for Pictures of the 120th Anniversary celebrations in 2009

Click HERE for St John the Evangelist interior Pictures

Click HERE for a Virtual Tour of St John's

Click HERE to view St John's Centenary Booklet 1889-1989

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Do you have old pictures of St John's Church?..Would you be willing to lend them so that they may be shown here?...if so please get in touch. Please e-mail me info@porthnewydd.org or phone Luke....see contacts page.

Do you have any memories of St John's Church?...If so please get in touch so that St John's History can be shown here for all to see. Please e-mail me info@porthnewydd.org or phone Luke....see contacts page.


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