Sunday Best!

Group of Tabernacle Deacons.
Rev H.T Jacob's 80th Birthday
County Echo

This photograph of a group of men all dressed in their “Sunday Best” were the deacons of Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel in Park Street, Fishguard. Sitting in the middle of the front row is their Minister, Henry Thomas Jacob who was the minister there from 1912 until 1934. Besides being a well known preacher, he was a lecturer, poet and writer. In the 1936 Fishguard Eisteddfod, he was the Chairman of the Executive Committee. His writings included two Catechisms for children and a history of Tabernacle Chapel called Caneuon Y Bwythyn written in 1945.  He died in May 1957 and he was the last survivor of the great triumvirate of Fishguard preachers – Jacob, Tabernacle, Job, Pentour, and Dan Davies Hermon.  His reminiscences, Atgofion H.T Jacob, were published posthumously in 1960.

Standing 2nd from the LHS in the back row is Mr Peter Williams, born 1865 in Fishguard. He attended Tabernacle Chapel and was the Hon. Secretary of the local Rechabites. Retiring from his job as a postmaster in 1902, he ran a shop in Castle Hill Fishguard.

This background appears in a number of photographs and is likely to be a photographer’s studio – presumably that of W A Jenkins whose signature appears bottom right!

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  • The deacons in the photo above are: (left to right)
    Taken 1935
    Back Row
    Messers: W J Thomas Goodwick house, A C James, D Thomas, D H Lloyd, T Watkin Jones, G O Davies,
    O R James, Peter Williams and D D Bevan.
    Front Row.
    Messers: J G Martin (ran Martin’s newagents Fishguard Square), Tom Perkins, Parch HT Jacob, David Howells, William Lloyd (Clyngim).

    By melanie stark (01/05/2022)
  • Thanks Susan – will have to see if we can find anything about his shop!

    By Hilary Roscoe (25/02/2022)
  • I recognise my cousin’s great-grandfather, Mr. Peter Williams (b. 1865 Fishguard), standing second from left. He was a retired postmaster in 1902 and opened a Stationery, Fancy Goods and China Shop on Castle Hill. He was Hon. Sec. of the local Rechabites and attended Tabernacle Welsh Independent Chapel, I believe. This photo may be of the deacons of Tabernacle.

    By Susan Kempe (25/02/2022)

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