About Barham

The Building

Mount Pisgah was constructed in 1822 at the expense of a local Benefactress Lady Barham. The building is constructed in the Regency style and is listed as Grade II significance by the Welsh Historic Monuments Body CADW. The Trust have recently carried out refurbishment to bring the building up to date with a modern kitchen and other facilities together with central heating and a refurbished main hall which is suitable for groups sizes of up to 100 to use. The main hall also features a superb organ and still flourishes as a place of worship. With the benefit of an ERDF grant the building has been equipped with an internet connection and offers wi fi access broadband and conference facilities. There is an audio loop and projector facilities.

The History

Lady Barham was a wealthy peeress who come to live in Gower at Fairyhill in 1813. She was an evangelical person who during her time in Gower set about promoting the virtues of Christian worship and education. She was responsible for building 6 Chapel buildings throughout Gower plus initiating a number of school rooms, meeting places and also encouraging better medical facilities for people on the Gower Peninsula.

The building at Parkmill was the last major construction work that she funded, and was intended to be a meeting house for the use of the local Villages. The building was part of a local Farm holding known as Meeting House Farm, and was supported by a number or prominent farming families particularly from Lunnon Village. During the next 180 years the building was used primarily as a Chapel and also as a school room and the congregation has been at times independent and members of various denominational bodies. The current congregation is firmly independent. The current Minister is the Reverend Grenville Fisher who welcomes the use of the building for all kinds of religious services. Rev Fisher can be contacted on 07854883469

The Future

The main purpose of the Trust is to continue the vision of Lady Barham to promote the virtues of education, social well being and Christian worship, and the Centre welcomes everyone in Gower through its doors to achieve these aims