North Wales chapel among lots at MMP's Collective Property Auction at Welshpool

A former North Wales Methodist chapel built in the 1920s in memory of a local missionary who translated the bible into the language of the Khassi people in India is to be put under the auctioneers hammer, complete with pews.

A former North Wales Methodist chapel built in the 1920s in memory of a local missionary who translated the bible into the language of the Khassi people in India is to be put under the auctioneers hammer, complete with pews.

Reobarth Chapel at Corris in Gwynedd was built in 1925, replacing two chapels in the community, one of which was washed away in a water burst.

It was built in memory of local man John Roberts, the son of a Corris stonemason, who became a missionary in India, translating the New Testament into the Khassi Bible in India in 1897.

He also translated Pilgrim’s Progress and 73 hymns into the local language after establishing the Cherra Theological College and died in 1908 after a serious cholera epidemic hit the area where he and his wife had lived.

The chapel will be sold with 11 other properties, including a former primary school and houses at a collective property auction by property surveyors and estate agents Morris, Marshall and Poole at Welshpool Livestock Sales on Thursday, 26th March 2015.

The Grade II Calvinistic Methodist Chapel was built in a Gothic style alongside the road in Corris, on the hillside.

It stands complete with pews and other furniture and was used by the local community for a range of uses over the past few decades in addition to being a chapel.

“Visually Reobarth Chapel stands out in the Corris area and is well known to people who pass by or live in the area,” said Partner, Paul Evans of Morris, Marshall and Poole.

“The pews are all still within the building along with other furniture and it could be converted for residential or other uses subject to planning permission.”

Other properties being auctioned include the former Dolfor Primary School near Newtown in Powys, a holiday chalet at Aberdyfi, a building plot in Aberystwyth and houses and bungalows at Wrexham, Newtown, Welshpool and Llanidloes among other locations.

Details about the property auction on 26th March at Welshpool Livestock Sales can be found at http://www.morrismarshall.co.uk/auctions.html 

For more media or blogger information, please contact:

Owain Betts, t: 01686 639028 or email: Communications@morrismarshall.co.uk

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