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PENDERYN ANTIQUESSoar Chapel
Founded in 2015, Penderyn Antiques is an independent family-owned business born through a combination of the founders' respective passions. Leigh, a carpenter of over 30 years, was seeking a new venture where he could utilise his lifelong skills and passions. Still early in his career, Dan sought an unconventional and dynamic career and way of life. In 2018, Leigh's daughter and Dan's partner Nia, joined the business as the third director.
Penderyn Antiques has now become a national retailer with an impressive online outlet, supported by its renowned pink chapel showroom in the Welsh Valleys (near Aberdare). We work hard to remove barriers to buying antique furniture, introducing them to a broader market to drive sustainability, conscious consumption and a way of introducing character and uniqueness to any home.
Our showroom is perched on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, situated in the small Welsh village of Penderyn. Driving through the village, you’ll come across a large distinctive pink chapel building and it’s here you’ll find the home of Penderyn Antiques. Originally a Welsh Independent Chapel, Soar was built in 1860 and later rebuilt in 1912 by architect Thomas Roderick of Aberdare in the Arts and Craft style. The rebuilt Chapel, which seated around 500 people, was considerably larger than its predecessor, and a lot of the original materials of stone, timber, slates and even nails were re-used. The extra stone needed for the new Chapel was quarried from the nearby Cefn Cadlan quarry and transported to the site by the railway line which passed outside the Chapel.
By the end of the 20th Century, with the declining numbers of people attending the Chapel, Soar closed its doors for the last time as a place of worship in 1983.
In 2015, Soar Chapel re-opened its doors as The Penderyn Furniture Company, now Penderyn Antiques, becoming a must-visit place on the antique trail in Wales. Today, the chapel has been sensitively restored maintaining much it’s original character and features to become the showroom for our unique collection of antique furniture. Inside you’ll find two floors full of beautiful furniture in a variety of styles from Welsh antique farmhouse furniture to mid-century modern and beyond.
Following on from the success of our Chapel showroom, we have opened two warehouse showrooms just eight minutes’ drive from Penderyn. These showrooms are both split over two floors and generally hold our larger pieces of furniture, as well as hundreds of unique and interesting items. Here, you’ll also find our photography studio where our photographer documents each item ready to list for sale online.
We welcome customers to come and visit our warehouse showrooms to see the quality of the furniture and meet the team. Our warehouses are located at Units 21 and 22 Hirwaun Industrial Estate, Hirwaun, CF449UP and are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Please note that not all products are always on display so if there is a particular item you are interested in viewing, just let us know and we will do our very best to get it ready and on display for you.
All of our items are lovingly restored in our workshop, run by our master carpenter Leigh, who undertakes all kinds of restoration work to return our pieces to their full glory. You can find more about our the restoration process our pieces go through here.
Our master carpenter has over thirty years’ experience, and now has a well-established team including two junior restorers who are quickly becoming skilled craftsmen in themselves. In addition to our fantastic workshop team, we also use an array of independent craftspeople such as a local upholster and local joiner who are a valued addition to our team.
We always get asked, how to care for your antiques? Leigh has given his great advice in this blog. We’ve also introduced fiddes wax on our website, which you can purchase along with your order to keep your furniture looking it’s best for years to come.
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