Salem Chapel Maesteg by Barry Eveleigh

Salem Chapel Maesteg

Between 1904–1905 Welsh Revival was the largest Christian revival in Wales during the 20th century. While by no means the best known of revivals, it was one of the most dramatic in terms of its effect on the population, and triggered revivals in several other countries. One of the best known of the solo singers in the Welsh Revival of 1904-5 was Annie Davies, an eighteen year old from Maesteg. She could also preach in Welsh and English. Salem was one of the chapels she visited. The following is an account of one of the meetings "Mr Evan Roberts, Miss Annie Davies, and Miss Mary Davies arrived at chapel before seven o'clock, but the evangelist did not rise to speak for some time. A wonderful scene was witnessed when 'Dyma Gariad Fel y Moroedd' was struck up by the congregation. The people rose and sang with extraordinary spirit and power the great lovesong of the revival, repeating three times in every rendering the line 'Dyma gariad na'd a'n anghof' (Love that will not be forgotten). Then when the singing cease, Miss Annie Davies... delivered a brief address, urging all there that night to accept salvation, and the pertinent speech, delivered with the simplicity which marks the sayings of this young lady, so aroused the congregation that a scene which beggars description followed. Scores were speakingm shouting, gesticulating, praying, and testifying, and then all the voices were merged in a triumphant rendering of 'Ar Ei ben bo'r goron' (Crown the Lord my Saviour). A new verse interpolated by the pastor of Bethania -

Rho dy galon iddo,
Byth am gofio llwch y llawr

Give Him thy heart, thy self,
He hath loved man who is but dust

was sung with fervour. "

After the revival Ms Davies disappeared into obscurity just like the chapel which closed its doors in 2017