Burnett's Hill Calvinistic Methodist Chapel is a rare and important survival of early Pembrokeshire chapel architecture. Built in cottage style in 1812 to serve the coal-mining community of Landshipping and Martletwy, it has been little altered over the years and has a timeless charm all of its own.
Like so many Welsh chapels, Burnett's Hill was forced to close in the 1980s for want of a congregation, and it might have become a complete ruin but for the intervention of a group of local people who formed themselves into the Friends of Burnett's Hill Chapel and set about saving the building.
Thanks to the help of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Heritage Lottery Fund, this was achieved and the beautifully restored chapel re-opened in 2001.
Visitors are always welcome at Burnett's Hill where the door is always open. There is an information board in the porch telling the story of the local coal-miners who built the chapel which is now a venue for occasional concerts which help to support the upkeep of the building.
WHAT'S ON AT BURNETT'S HILL
Wednesday 6th June 2018 - KYLE CAREY - Celtic Americana singer and guitarist who performs a synthesis of music called Gaelic Americana. Her new album features Rhiannon Giddens of The Carolina Chocolate Drops on backing vocals. 7.30pm. For tickets please contact promoter Sue Oldrieve on 01646-680511 or see PI Gigs website.
Wednesday 27th June 2018 - MIDNIGHT SKYRACER - This all-female five-piece string band comprises some of the finest bluegrass musicians and singers in the UK. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Pembrokeshire Eclectic Music Society Promotion.
Thursday 12th July 2018 - VERA VAN HEERINGEN TRIO - "She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too. Go see her play live" - Tim O'Brien. Acoustic trio influenced by Americana/roots.Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Pembrokeshire Eclectic Music Society Promotion.
Tuesday 31st July 2018 - GORDIE MACKEEMAN & HIS RHYTHM BOYS - The amazing fiddler and dancer returns with his band. Canadian and Celtic roots music. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Burnett's Hill Chapel promotion.
Thursday 9th August 2018 - THE HOT SEATS - High octane bluegrass, old time and ragtime string band from Richmond, Virginia. 7.30pm. For tickets please contact promoter Sue Oldrieve on 01646-680511 or see PI Gigs website.
Tuesday 21st August 2018 - CORN POTATO STRING BAND - Appalachian string band famed for driving fiddle and banjo tunes and harmony singing. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Pembrokeshire Eclectic Music Society Promotion.
Wednesday 5th September 2018 - MAGNA CARTA - Legendary 1970s prog-folk pioneers still touring and still with a huge following across Europe. The current line-up features founder and songwriter Chris Simpson, classically trained violinist Wendy Ross and former Steeleye Span guitarist Ken Nicol. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Burnett's Hill Chapel promotion.
Wednesday 26th September 2018 - TIA MCGRAFF AND TOMMY PARHAM - Internationally acclaimed Americana/Country singer and guitarist from Canada, touring Europe with her husband and long-time musical collaborator, Tommy. Tickets £10 each. A BB Skone Promotion.
Wednesday 10th October 2018 - ROB HARBRON AND EMMA REID - After a sell-out concert in the chapel last year, Sweden-based violinist Emma is returning, this time with renowned English squeezebox player Rob Harbron (Leveret, Remnant KIngs). Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Burnett's Hill Chapel promotion.
Thursday 1st November 2018 - DANNY BARNES TRIO - Bluegrass and country blues trio led by one of America's finest banjo players. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Pembrokeshire Eclectic Music Society Promotion.
Thursday 15th November 2018 - JAYWALKERS - Talented young trio performing songs and tunes from the British and American folk tradition. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. A Pembrokeshire Eclectic Music Society Promotion.
Main Street Music, 44 Main Street, Pembroke SA71 4NP is selling tickets for Burnett's Hill promotions. Telephone 01646-621530.
You can also reserve tickets by phoning 01646-651725.
HOW TO FIND BURNETT'S HILL CHAPEL
FINDING BURNETT'S HILL CHAPEL FROM CANASTON BRIDGE
Head towards Carew on the Oakwood road. At Cross Hands, turn right just after Canaston Bowl. Stay on this road for 3.3 miles (straight through Martletwy) and then take the left turn up a steep hill. Turn left at the top and park along the verge on the right or in the paddock on the left.
FINDING BURNETT'S HILL CHAPEL FROM CAREW
Head towards Cresselly on the Canaston Bridge road. At Whitehill, turn left just after the Land Rover Garage. Keep going past the pub at Cresswell Quay and over the narrow stone bridge, taking the left hand fork up the hill and past Penquoit towards Lawrenny. At the first cross-roads (Deals Cross) keep straight on. Half a mile further on you come to Knowles cross-roads. Turn right and keep going along a narrow lane for a mile and a half until you reach the chapel. Park in the paddock on the right.
Useful tip: Bring a small cushion (the pews are hard) and also a pocket torch to find your car afterwards...
Burnett's Hill Chapel, Martletwy, Pembrokeshire SA67 8AX
Seznec Bros at the chapel in 2014 - http://youtu.be/zMAR4IDOrLA