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Welcome to The Babell Graveyard Project Blog!

We are a group based in Cwmbwrla, Swansea, who are dedicated to clearing our local graveyard site and transforming it into a wildflower meadow for locals to enjoy. This site was saved from construction, and it is important we learn from its history.

For more information please also visit our website:

https://babell-chapel.com/

Latest Updates and Posts

Refugees in Swansea

In recent weeks and months we have all become more acutely aware of the plight of refugees; people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. But this is not a recent phenomenon. It has historically been the case that Swansea has welcomedContinue reading “Refugees in Swansea”

Oral History

While completing their work placement with us, one of our student volunteers wrote up a piece for this blog site on oral history and its importance. Alex put a great amount of effort into her work with us and we would like to thank her for the time she spent on her project work. WhatContinue reading “Oral History”

The St. Luke’s War Memorial

When recently visiting St. Luke’s Church in Cwmbwrla, I noticed this war memorial on the North wall of the building. Some of these names seemed very familiar.. After further inspection. 4 of these men are buried at Babell graveyard and are among some of our War Graves. We are aware that some men buried atContinue reading “The St. Luke’s War Memorial”

So why is Babell called Babell?

In the past, it was customary for members of the Welsh Religious Revival Movement to preach to members of some of the poorer communities throughout Wales. As these areas (such as Cwmbwrla) were not well funded, these preachers would hold community meetings and congregate outside. If the preacher was able to generate a large enough congregation they would set up a small marquee-like structure or tent – the Welsh word for tent being ‘pabell’ or mutated over time to ‘babell.’ In time, as these congregations grew further and garnered more influence and funds, a chapel would often be built, hence the name Yr hên Babell- or the old tent!

If you are undertaking your own research into Babell Graveyard, or completing family history research into relatives buried here, you can find useful resources on the Babell Chapel website:

https://babell-chapel.com/chapel-burial-register

Here you will find a map of the graveyard, the grave index, and the full burial register, which was compiled by the Glamorgan Family History Society in 1990.

UPDATE!

We are glad to announce that our Community Action Days will be restarting on the 3rd of April! Although all dates will still be subject to Government guidelines, we are excited to be back and doing what we can for this historically important site.

If you are planning on joining us, please let us know in advance and please follow all COVID-19 guidelines. We look forward to seeing you there 🙂

Calling all knitters and crocheters of Cwmbwrla and Swansea! Help us “Yarn Bombing Babell”!!

If you’ve not come across yarn bombing before, it is a type of art that uses colourful displays of knitted or crocheted works often used as a means of raising awareness of a local group. At Babell it will be a fun, accessible and colourful way to let people know something is happening at Babell graveyard where people can help in a project that benefits the whole community!

Brain child of volunteer Kelly Nedin, who said: “I was thinking wool bunting would look amazing along the railings brightening up the railings as well as flowers, birds and creatures found at Babell throughout the site would – bring the place to life!! “

If you want to help to produce pieces for the graveyard, again please email us! yarnbombbabell@gmail.com

The Babell Graveyard Project: community@babell-chapel.com
Carmarthen Road
Cwmbwrla
Swansea
Wales, United Kingdom

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