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
Tuesday 6th June 2017 - DANIEL AND EMMA REID - Swedish and English folk tunes and songs from a fiddle and saxophone duo who are based in Sweden. Daniel is one of Sweden's pioneering folk saxophonists. He is a versatile musician with a classical background, equally at home accompanying a string quartet or in a world music band. Acclaimed fiddle player Emma tours and records throughout Scandinavia and Britain with, amongst others, Rob Harbron and Methera. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Thursday 29th June 2017 - LOWRI EVANS AND LEE MASON - Welsh singer/songwriter duo showcasing their new studio album. Promoted by MC Promotions. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 26th July 2017 - PAGODA PROJECT - Folk-jazz fusion featuring clarinet virtuoso Karen Wimhurst and accordion wizard Paul Hutchinson from Hoover the Dog and Belshazzar's Feast. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 6th September 2017 - HOT ROCKS PILGRIMS - High energy five-piece old time and bluegrass outfit from S.E. England. A Pembrokeshire Eclectic Music Society Promotion. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 27th September 2017 - CORY SEZNEC - Latest musical project from the former Groanbox frontman. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Tuesday 10th October 2017 - FRONT COUNTRY - "Front Country blend everything from high lonesome mountain music to new wave power pop, newgrass picking, oldgrass harmonies and just plain glorious musicality". Promoted by Sue Oldreive. Tickets £10 in advance via Skiddle or £12 on the door.
Wednesday 18th October 2017 - GORDY MACKEEMAN AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS - Return of the fiddle virtuoso with crazy legs! Canadian band on a tour of UK festivals. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 21st March 2018 - THE FURROW COLLECTIVE - Best group at the BBC Folk Awards 2017. Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a love of traditional from both sides of the English and Scottish borders. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm. Supported by the Night Out Scheme.
Main Street Music, 44 Main Street, Pembroke SA71 4NP is selling tickets for Burnett's Hill concerts. 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