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
Saturday 16th July 2016 - DOM FLEMONS - The "American Songster", Dom Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. As part of GRAMMY-winning trio The Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded, he has performed at festivals and in concert halls across America and Europe. Now performing solo, he brings showmanship and humour to his repertoire of ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals and jug band music. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Thursday 21st July 2016 - THE WELSH-ARGENTINE GUITAR DUO - Music from Wales and Argentina including Welsh folk songs and Argentine tangos. Tickets £10 each on the door. 7.30pm. This concert is promoted by Adam Khan. www.adamkhanguitar.com
Thursday 11th August 2016 - ANNA AND ELIZABETH - Also known as The Crankies, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle have been performing Appalachian ballads and old time songs together since 2010. Their show is a captivating variety of fiddle and banjo music, close harmonies, story-telling, flat foot dancing and scrolling illustrations called "crankies". Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 24th August 2016 - THE HOT SEATS - Five hillbilly virtuosos from Richmond, USA. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 14th September 2016 - THE WHITE TOP MOUNTAIN BAND - Burnett's Hill regulars - good time Appalachian songs, tunes and dances. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 19th October 2016 - FAUSTUS - Turbo-charged folk trio featuring Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016 - CATFISH KEITH - Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist. Tickets £10 each. 7.30pm.
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