The Church of St Paul

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St Pauls is a fairly recent church of which I have very little information if anyone can provide further information then please get in touch.
The church was built in modern times when Sandfields and the lower part of Aberafan had been well developed as thriving housing estates. Once again the benefactors of this place of worship was a well-known industrialist family being Sir Arthur Pendarves Vivian, K.C.B. and Lady Jane Vivian. He owned the greater part of the lands in this area, both he and lady Jane Vivian wanted to present a church for the people to use, not only did they provide the capital but had also donated the land. they had also some years previous also built a youth centre at their own cost this was situated in the same area.
A celebration lunch was later enjoyed by all the guests at the nearby Vivian Hotel Sir Vivian also presented a bell to the new church one that had originated in Cornwall cast in1505 for the Cornish Monastery of St Anthony.
The Vicar of Aberafan at the time of the church dedication was the Reverend
Edward Davies
A solid brass lectern was presented to the church in memory of Mr Glynn Vivian, of the city of Swansea.
The hall built in the rear of the church grounds was built some years later using money raised by the congregation and church friends at the opening ceremony in 1964 it was named the Vivian memorial Hall in memory of Sir Arthur Pendarves Vivian and Lady Jane Vivian who had funded the building of the church. Evidence of this families generosity can be found all through the Borough of Aberafan with many places being named after them

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