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.
To order a copy of the newly published history of the chapel (pictured above), please send your name, address and a cheque for £4.53 payable to The Friends of Burnett's Hill Chapel to 3 Pisgah Cottages, Cresswell Quay, Kilgetty, Pembrokeshire SA68 0TD
BURNETT'S HILL CONCERT PROMOTIONS
THURSDAY 9TH JUNE 2022 - 7.30pm - THE RED WINE SERENADERS - Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi play country blues and ragtime, hokum and jug band music from the 1920s and 30s, keeping this musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound while giving it a modern twist. A hugely entertaining duo, they play ukelele, washboard, kazoo, acoustic and resophonic guitars.
Tickets £12 - This concert will be in Burnett's Hill Chapel.
WEDNESDAY 3RD AUGUST 2022 - 7.30pm - YVES LAMBERT TRIO - Squeeze-box wizard and singer Yves Lambert is a legend in Quebec folk music having been a founder member of La Bottine Souriante. For the past few years, along with long-time bandmates Oliver Rondeau (guitar) and Tommy Gauthier (violin, bouzouki and foot percussion), he has been performing as the charismatic leader of this original and dynamic trio.
Tickets £12 - This concert will be held at The Snooty Fox (between Oakwood and Martletwy, SA67 8AD).
FRIDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER 2022 - 7.30pm - OLD BABY MACKEREL - OBM play high-energy, foot-stomping bluegrass and feature a dizzying line-up of renowned musicians from some of the UK's best folk, American and festival bands. Thir music uses fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass to get feet tapping, while sweet harmonies abound in timeless tales of love, bootleg whisky, murder and railroads.
Tickets £12 - A Night Out concert at The Snooty Fox (between Oakwood and Martletwy, SA67 8AD).
Recently, due to Covid, we have been grateful to Kevin and Debbie for letting us stage concerts at The Snooty Fox. We will advise you in due course whether the above concerts will be held in the chapel or at The Snooty Fox.
You can reserve tickets for all Burnett's Hill events by phoning 01646-651725.
HOW TO FIND THE SNOOTY FOX
For those with SatNav, the postcode is SA67 8AD.
From Canaston Bridge, on the A40, take the A4075 towards Pembroke Dock. Take the first right after Oakwood towards Martletwy. The Snooty Fox is on the right, just after Credlands Wood Yard.
From Carew roundabout on the A477, take the A4075 towards Oakwood. At the former Canaston Bowl (just before Oakwood), turn left towards Martletwy. The Snooty Fox is on the right, just after Credlands Wood Yard.
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