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St Matthew's, Abernant
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St Matthew's Church
51°43′12″N 3°26′00″W / 51.720134°N 3.433376°W / 51.720134; -3.433376Coordinates: 51°43′12″N 3°26′00″W / 51.720134°N 3.433376°W / 51.720134; -3.433376
Denomination Church in Wales
History
Status Active
Founded 1885
Dedication St Matthew
Architecture
Completed 1889
Specifications
Capacity 150
Materials metal, wood
Bells 1
Administration
Parish Aberdare
Deanery Cynon Valley
Archdeaconry Morgannwg
Diocese Diocese of Llandaff

St Matthew's Church, Abernant is in the Parish of Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taf. It is one of only a handful of tin tabernacles left in Wales.

The church, in Abernant, was founded by the congregation of St Elvan's Church, Aberdare as a Christian mission, later becoming a chapel of ease to St Elvan's. The fledgling congregation initially met in a tent, but in 1888-9 (some sources say 1891), chose to erect a proper building, the entire expense being borne by James Lewis of Plas Draw. The church was probably ordered by post and arrived in a prefabricated state, then was assembled on-site, this being a common practice with these buildings. The church was intended to only be used for around a decade, but in the event, it has remained at the location ever since.

Despite its stark, utilitarian appearance from outside, the church's interior is richly carpeted and the inside of the metal shell is lined with varnished wood. The church has some small though fine stained glass windows. Despite only being a nave, the church can seat 150 people and has a flourishing Sunday school.

The church's font dates from 1827. Before coming to St Matthew's, it belonged to a church in Port Talbot.

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