Radnor Bible Christian Chapel….this is ongoing enquiry as not much can be found locally re this chapel other than being on the 1880 and 1906 OS maps. More detail and photos in due course.
Now known as Ivanmor Chapel (Radnor Rd TR16 5EL..approximatly 1.5 miles from Redruth town centre, adjacent to North Country and next to Wheel Peevor mine).
Premises has been a private dwelling for over 20 years ( now home to Studio 1850 a creative design company).
I remember visiting the chapel nearly 22 plus years ago to investigate a burglary. Inside was devoid of any furniture and used as a store. However on the far wall, half way up was a narrow balcony of dark wood and basic design, across the width of the building, accessed by a simple ladder.
The front has the typical two arched windows with a central door. Above is a simple round plaque denoting Bible Christian.
The chapel dates from around 1850. It is hidden from the road by hedging, but originally had a gateway from the road. Access is via a lane opposite the old UFMC chapel.
The roadway was the original main road leading to Wheal Rose and onto Blackwater…the original A30. This road is now a quiet lane due to the modern A30 duel carriageway nearby.
Across the road, now used as part of a small business complex is the later United Methodist Free Church chapel. The BC as a denomination amalgamated nationally into the UMFC in 1907. The Chapel here is after 1907 and I am yet to tie down any dates.
Wheel Peevor mine (situated directly behind) is a well preserved example of a 19th century mine. Originally opened in the 1780s, updated in the 1870s but finally closed in 1st world war. The site can be viewed with the remains of buildings for all processes from pumping water, raising, crushing and processing ore. You can visit this location with free parking, by driving past both chapels and immediately turning left. After a short distance a car park will appear on the left with the mines. There a numerous footpaths, linking to Wheal Rose, and the Coast to Coast path.
Again this figures in my former Police service, after chasing armed robbers from London, across the site….but that’s another story, only I so much one gave up as he couldn’t find a pavement and was lost amongst the mines and gorse….gives the flavour of the area, isolated and wild.