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 23rd January 2019 - RACHEL BAIMAN TRIO - From Chicago, Rachel is an acclaimed songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, much influenced by bluegrass and American folk. A PEMS promotion. 7.30pm. £10.
Tuesday 5th February 2019 - TONY MCMANUS AND JULIA TOASPERN - Tony is one of the leading Celtic guitarists in the world, while Berlin-born Julia is a guitar virtuoso, violinist and singer. Their programme will range from folk to jazz. A Burnett's Hill promotion. 7.30pm. £10.
Friday 14th February 2019 - There will be a special service in the chapel at 7pm to mark the 175th anniversary of the Garden Pit Disaster of 14th February 1844 when 40 colliers lost their lives at nearby Landshipping.
Thursday 14th March 2019 - THUNDER AND RAIN - Alt. country quartet from Colorado who also play bluegrass. A PI Gigs promotion. 7.30pm. Tickets from Sue Oldrieve 01646-680511.
Wednesday 10th April 2019 - THE OFTEN HERD - This quartet is one of the most dynamic acts on the UK bluegrass, Americana and roots scene. A PEMS promotion. 7.30pm. £12.
Wednesday 15th May 2019 - THE CHURCHFITTERS - Brittany-based trio playing Breton and English folk songs and tunes on a bewildering array of instruments. A Burnett's Hill promotion. 7.30pm. £12.
Wednesday 12th June 2019 - WHEATLEY'S ARCADIANS - Jazz, blues and ragtime from the 1920s and 1930s from a hugely entertaining jazz string quartet. Supported by the Night Out Scheme. A Burnett's Hill promotion. 7.30pm. £12.
Wednesday 10th July 2019 - DAN CASSIDY AND JAMES HICKMAN - We are delighted to welcome back fiddle wizard Dan for an evening of Gypsy jazz and beyond. A Burnett's Hill promotion. 7.30pm. £10.
Wednesday 7th August 2019 - FAITH I BRANKO - Serbia's leading Roma violinist Branko Ristic and UK accordionist Faith perform high energy Balkan Gypsy jazz. A Burnett's Hill promotion. 7.30pm. £10.
Wednesday 11th September 2019 - LONESOME ACE STRING BAND - Old time American music trio. A PI Gigs promotion. 7.30pm. Tickets from Sue Oldrieve 01646-680511.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 - TELL TALE TUSK - A four-piece folk band featuring stunning three-part harmonies and great musicianship. A Burnett's Hill promotion. 7.30pm. Tickets £12.
Main Street Music, 44 Main Street, Pembroke SA71 4NP is selling tickets for Burnett's Hill promotions and PEMS 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