Lampeter Chaplaincy

St. David's University Chapel

The University Chapel of St David

The University Chapel is traditionally an Anglican foundation, part of the Church in Wales and therefore uses the rites and ceremonies of the Church in Wales.  The Chapel belongs to the students and staff of the University and we try to be radically inclusive in our welcome. The ministry of the Chapel is open to all of any denomination or none, and everybody is invited and most welcome at any of the Chapel’s services (for full details of all the Chaplaincy’s services please see the “Services” page of this site).

Please direct all enquiries to Mrs Anne Milcoy,, 01570 424704 in the first instance.


Capel Prifysgol Dewi Sant

Sefydliad Anglicanaidd yw Capel y Brifysgol o ran ei draddodiad. Mae’n perthyn i'r Eglwys yng Nghymru ac o'r herwydd yn defnyddio defodau a seremonïau'r Eglwys yng Nghymru.  Mae’r Capel yn eiddo i fyfyrwyr a staff y Brifysgol ac ymdrechwn i fod yn dra chynhwysol yn ein croeso.  Mae gweinidogaeth y Capel yn agored i bawb o unrhyw enwad neu i’r rheini heb enwad, ac mae croeso mawr i bawb i unrhyw un o wasanaethau’r Capel (i weld manylion llawn holl wasanaethau’r Gaplaniaeth gweler tudalen “Gwasanaethau” y wefan hon).

Gwnewch bob ymholiad i Mrs Anne Milcoy,, 01570 424704 yn y lle cyntaf.


The Chapel is traditionally an Anglican foundation, part of the Church in Wales and therefore uses the rites and ceremonies of the Church in Wales. However, the ministry of the Chapel is open to all of any denomination or none, and everybody is invited and most welcome at any of the Chapel’s services.

The Chaplain is Rev. Dr Allan Barton. He is available for people who might wish to see him for spiritual guidance, sacrament of reconciliation, or any other reason. The Chaplain is available to support all staff and students whatever their religious belief, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Sunday at 7pm – Compline, Candles and Cocoa.  This is our main act of worship during the week and we meet in the relaxed atmosphere of the chapel to worship and reflect on the past week. Afterwards we meet for fellowship

Mid-Week Services

During term time there are number of acts of worship during the course of the week. 

Monday-Friday – 9am – Morning Prayer

Tuesday and Thursday – 12.30pm – Holy Eucharist

The Choir

The Choir of staff and students sings for two major services each term, including Founders’ Day and St David’s Day and for the annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Choir sings a range of music ranging from the 15th to the 21st Century. There are no auditions, and all are welcome, regardless of experience. Practices take place on Wednesday afternoons at 1pm in the Chapel.

An Organ Scholarship with a bursary is also available to a suitably qualified student. As some organ lessons are provided as part of the scholarship package an able piano player would also be able to qualify for it.

For further details contact the Director of Music, Mr Paul Watkins at

The Chapel of St David

The Chapel was consecrated by Bishop Jenkinson of St Davids on 23 August 1827, nearly six months after the first students had been admitted to St David’s College. There were daily services from the beginning which all staff and students attended. These comprised shortened forms of Morning and Evening Prayer on weekdays and full services of Morning and Evening Prayer on Sundays. Holy Communion was celebrated once a month, the norm at this period. Approximately half the services were in English and half in Welsh. The painting which now hangs in the Visitors’ Aisle, a copy of Correggio’s Holy Family, of which the original is in Parma, was originally hung behind the altar. For the whole of Bishop Jenkinson’s episcopate, and much of that of his successor, Connop Thirlwall, the Chapel was the normal venue for ordinations in the diocese of St Davids. The Chapel was one of the first Anglican places of worship in Wales to introduce a weekly celebration of Holy Communion, in place by the 1870s.

In order to celebrate the golden jubilee of St David’s College in 1877 it was decided to rebuild the Chapel which was then considered inadequate. The new Chapel was designed by T. G. Jackson and the woodwork for the canopied stalls came from New College, Oxford. His plans included no provision for a pulpit but one had been installed by 1901. The painted ceiling is Jackson’s but the planned screen between the main body of the Chapel and the Visitor’s Aisle was never installed. The new Chapel was consecrated on 24 June 1880, the preacher at this ceremony being Bishop Ollivant of Llandaff, who as first Vice-Principal of St David’s College had preached at the consecration of the original Chapel 53 years earlier.

In 1879 Bishop Basil Jones of St Davids ordered that the shortened versions of Morning and Evening Prayer used on weekdays must be replaced by full services each day, to be taken in rotation by the members of staff in holy orders, and that the number of Welsh services should be reduced. In the 1880s there was Morning and Evening Prayer on weekdays at 8am and 5.30pm, but only Friday Evensong was in Welsh. Sunday services were Holy Communion at 8.30am, Choral Mattins at 11am, with a Sung Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month, and Evensong at 7pm. Regular anthems on Sundays were introduced by the new precentor, Edmund Tyrrell Green, in 1895. Green also established the Guild of St David for the spiritual development of both staff and students.

In 1906 W. D. Caröe was commissioned to design a new Chapel but the plan was never implemented. The organ was, however, renovated, at a cost of £200, in 1908. A weekday celebration of Holy Communion, on Wednesdays, was established in 1914 and a daily celebration in 1925. Eucharistic vestments were first worn in 1933 and made compulsory at Sung Eucharists, but not said celebrations, in 1934. In 1935 the Sunday service pattern was changed to Holy Communion at 8am, Choral Mattins at 10am, Sermon at 10.30am, Sung Eucharist at 11am and Evensong at 6.30pm. Staff and students were expected to attend either Mattins and Sermon or Sermon and Sung Eucharist on Sunday mornings.

A war memorial tablet, designed by W. D. Caröe, was unveiled in 1922. A new pulpit, also designed by Caröe, was presented in 1928 and a new reredos dedicated in 1934. Repairs to the organ were also carried out in 1934 and in 1936 the altar table was given a new carved front. The total cost of all these improvements was nearly £1400. Nevertheless the Chapel was still considered to be inadequate for the college’s needs and a new Chapel was proposed by Principal Archdall in 1939. Bishop Prosser of St Davids donated £1000 towards the new Chapel in 1943 and Ben Roderick of Aberdare was commissioned to draw up plans for this, a theological hall and two new professorial houses, which would have occupied the open space between the St David’s and Canterbury Buildings. A new Chapel was still part of the plans for new buildings in 1948 but nothing ever came of them.

Until 1975 when the last Principal in holy orders, J. R. Lloyd Thomas, retired the Principal was responsible for the Chapel and its services. Thereafter a full-time chaplain was appointed. In 2005-6 a significant reordering of the Chapel took place to make it a more appropriate setting for the new eucharistic liturgy of the Church in Wales. The pulpit was removed and a new altar table and lectern installed. At the same time most of the pews in the Visitors’ Aisle were removed and replaced by chairs which could be used in a more flexible manner for small-scale services or meetings of the Chapel congregation. The Chapel still maintains the daily round of weekday services in term-time, which have been continuous since 1827.

Who’s Who

The Chaplaincy is led by the University Chaplain, the Rev’d Dr Allan Barton, who is an Anglican Priest. He is available for people who might wish to see him for spiritual guidance, sacrament of reconciliation, or any other reason.

The Chaplaincy also has a team of students including a Sacristan and several chapel clerks, who set up for services both during the week and on Sunday. These posts are open to all, and there is often a vacancy at the start of the year. Please contact the Chaplain if you are interested.

Contact Information

For general enquiries, please contact the VC's PA, Anne Milcoy in the first instance on

The University Chaplain: the Reverend Dr. Allan Barton is available by appointment. His office phone number is: 01570 424781 and his email:

Chapel Director of Music: Mr Paul Watkins
Paul is our Organist and Director of Music, and is also a point of contact for enquiries about the organ scholarship. He can be contacted on:


Sefydliad Anglicanaidd yw’r Capel o ran ei draddodiad. Mae’n perthyn i'r Eglwys yng Nghymru ac o'r herwydd yn defnyddio defodau a seremonïau'r Eglwys yng Nghymru. Fodd bynnag, mae gweinidogaeth y Capel yn agored i bawb o unrhyw enwad neu i’r rheini heb enwad, ac mae croeso mawr i bawb i unrhyw un o wasanaethau’r Capel.

Y Parchedig Ddr. Allan Barton yw’r Caplan.  Mae ef ar gael i bobl a hoffai ei weld efallai am arweiniad ysbrydol, sacrament cymodi, neu unrhyw reswm arall. Mae’r Caplan ar gael i gefnogi’r holl staff a myfyrwyr beth bynnag fo eu cred grefyddol, hil, rhyw neu gyfeiriadedd rhywiol.

Dydd Sul am 7pm - Cwmplin, Canhwyllau a Choco. Hwn yw ein prif addoliad yn ystod yr wythnos a byddwn yn cwrdd yn awyrgylch hamddenol y capel i addoli ac i adfyfyrio ar yr wythnos a aeth heibio. Wedyn byddwn yn cwrdd a chymdeithasu.

Gwasanaethau Canol Wythnos

Yn ystod y tymor mae nifer o addoliadau yn ystod yr wythnos.   

Dydd Llun i ddydd Gwener - 9am - Boreol Weddi  

Dydd Mawrth a dydd Iau - 12.30pm - Cymun Bendigaid

Y Côr

Mae’r Côr yn cynnwys staff a myfyrwyr ac mae’n canu ar gyfer dau brif wasanaeth bob tymor, yn cynnwys Diwrnod y Sylfaenwyr a Dydd Gŵyl Dewi ac ar gyfer gwasanaeth blynyddol Naw Llith a Charol. Mae’r Côr yn canu amrywiaeth o gerddoriaeth o’r 15fed i’r 21ain Ganrif.  Nid oes clyweliadau, ac mae croeso i bawb, faint bynnag o brofiad sydd gennych.  Cynhelir ymarferion ar brynhawn Mercher am 1pm yn y Capel.  

Mae Ysgoloriaeth Organ gyda bwrsari hefyd ar gael i fyfyriwr â chymwysterau priodol.  Am fod rhai gwersi organ yn cael eu darparu'n rhan o becyn yr ysgoloriaeth, byddai chwaraewr piano medrus hefyd yn gymwys.

I gael manylion pellach cysylltwch â’r Cyfarwyddwr Cerddoriaeth, Mr Paul Watkins yn

Capel Dewi Sant

Cysegrwyd y Capel gan yr Esgob Jenkinson o Dyddewi ar 23 Awst 1827, bron chwe mis ar ôl i’r myfyrwyr cyntaf gael eu derbyn i Goleg Dewi Sant. Cynhaliwyd gwasanaethau dyddiol o’r cychwyn, yr oedd yr holl staff a myfyrwyr yn eu mynychu. Roeddent yn cynnwys ffurfiau byrrach o’r Weddi Foreol a Hwyrol ar ddyddiau’r wythnos a gwasanaethau llawn y Weddi Foreol a Hwyrol ar y Sul. Dethlid y Cymun Bendigaid unwaith y mis, sef y drefn arferol yn y cyfnod hwn. Roedd tua hanner y gwasanaethau yn Saesneg a hanner yn Gymraeg. Gosodwyd y paentiad sydd i’w weld erbyn hyn yn Eil yr Ymwelwyr yn wreiddiol y tu cefn i’r allor. Copi o’r Teulu Bendigaid gan Correggio ydyw ac mae’r llun gwreiddiol yn Parma. Trwy gydol esgobaeth yr Esgob Jenkinson, ac am gyfnod helaeth o esgobaeth ei olynydd, Connop Thirlwall, y Capel oedd y lleoliad arferol ar gyfer ordeiniadau yn esgobaeth Tyddewi.  Y Capel oedd un o’r addoldai Anglicanaidd cyntaf yng Nghymru i gyflwyno dathliad wythnosol o’r Cymun Bendigaid, a hynny erbyn yr 1870au.

Er mwyn dathlu jiwbilî aur Coleg Dewi Sant yn 1877 penderfynwyd ail-adeiladu’r Capel oedd erbyn hynny’n cael ei ystyried yn annigonol. Cynlluniwyd y Capel newydd gan T. G. Jackson a daeth y gwaith pren ar gyfer seddi’r côr sydd â chanopi o’r Coleg Newydd, Rhydychen. Nid oedd ei gynlluniau’n cynnwys unrhyw ddarpariaeth ar gyfer pulpud ond roedd un wedi cael ei osod erbyn 1901. Gwaith Jackson yw’r nenfwd paentiedig ond ni chafodd y sgrin y bwriedid ei rhoi rhwng prif gorff y Capel ac Eil yr Ymwelwyr fyth ei gosod. Cysegrwyd y Capel newydd ar 24 Mehefin 1880, a’r pregethwr yn y seremoni hon oedd yr Esgob Ollivant o Landaf, a oedd, ac yntau’n Is-brifathro cyntaf Coleg Dewi Sant, wedi pregethu adeg cysegru’r Capel gwreiddiol 53 mlynedd ynghynt.

Yn 1879 gorchmynnodd yr Esgob Basil Jones o Dyddewi fod rhaid cael gwared â’r ffurfiau byrrach o’r Weddi Foreol a Hwyrol a ddefnyddid ar ddyddiau’r wythnos a defnyddio gwasanaethau llawn bob dydd, i’w cymryd yn eu tro gan aelodau’r staff mewn urddau eglwysig, ac y dylid lleihau nifer y gwasanaethau Cymraeg. Yn yr 1880au cynhelid y Weddi Foreol a Hwyrol ar ddyddiau’r wythnos am 8am a 5.30pm, ond ar brynhawn Gwener yn unig y byddai’r Gosber yn Gymraeg. Gwasanaethau’r Sul oedd y Cymun Bendigaid am 8.30am, Boreol Weddi Gorawl am 11am, gyda Chymun ar Gân ar Sul cyntaf y mis, a’r Gosber am 7pm. Cyflwynwyd anthemau rheolaidd ar y Sul gan y prif gantor newydd, Edmund Tyrrell Green, yn 1895. Sefydlodd Green hefyd Gymdeithas Dewi Sant ar gyfer datblygiad ysbrydol staff a myfyrwyr.

Yn 1906 comisiynwyd W D Caröe i gynllunio Capel newydd ond ni chafodd y cynllun fyth ei weithredu. Fodd bynnag, cafodd yr organ ei hadnewyddu yn 1908, am gost o £200. Yn 1914 cyflwynwyd dathliad o’r Cymun Bendigaid yn ystod yr wythnos, sef ar ddydd Mercher, a dathliad dyddiol yn 1925. Gwisgwyd urddwisgoedd ewcharistaidd am y tro cyntaf yn 1933 ac yn 1934 fe’u gwnaed yn orfodol yn y Cymun ar Gân, ond nid mewn dathliadau geiriol. Yn 1935 newidiwyd patrwm gwasanaethau’r Sul i Gymun Bendigaid am 8am, Boreol Weddi Gorawl am 10am, Pregeth am 10.30am, Cymun ar Gân am 11am a’r Gosber am 6.30pm. Roedd disgwyl i staff a myfyrwyr fynychu naill ai’r Foreol Weddi a Phregeth neu Bregeth a Chymun ar Gân ar foreau Sul.

Yn 1922 dadorchuddiwyd carreg goffa i’r rhyfel a ddyluniwyd gan W. D. Caröe. Cyflwynwyd pulpud newydd, oedd hefyd wedi’i ddylunio gan Caröe, yn 1928 ac fe gysegrwyd reredos newydd yn 1934. Gwnaed gwaith atgyweirio i’r organ hefyd yn 1934 ac yn 1936 rhoddwyd blaen cerfiedig newydd i fwrdd yr allor. Cyfanswm cost yr holl welliannau hyn oedd bron i £1400. Er hynny, roedd y Capel yn dal i gael ei ystyried yn annigonol ar gyfer anghenion y coleg ac awgrymwyd Capel newydd gan y Prifathro Archdall yn 1939. Cyfrannodd yr Esgob Prosser o Dyddewi £1000 tuag at y Capel newydd yn 1943 ac fe gomisiynwyd Ben Roderick o Aberdâr i baratoi cynlluniau ar gyfer capel, neuadd ddiwinyddol a dau dŷ athrawol newydd, a fyddai wedi llenwi’r llecyn agored rhwng Adeiladau Dewi Sant a Chaergaint. Roedd Capel newydd yn dal yn rhan o’r cynlluniau ar gyfer adeiladau newydd yn 1948 ond ni ddaeth dim ohonynt.

Hyd at 1975 pan ymddeolodd J. R. Lloyd Thomas, y Prifathro olaf mewn urddau eglwysig, y Prifathro oedd yn gyfrifol am y Capel a’i wasanaethau. Wedi hynny penodwyd caplan llawn amser. Yn 2005-6 gwnaed cryn waith ail-drefnu ar y Capel i’w wneud yn lleoliad mwy addas ar gyfer litwrgi ewcharistaidd newydd yr Eglwys yng Nghymru. Tynnwyd y pulpud allan ac fe osodwyd bwrdd allor a darllenfa newydd. Ar yr un pryd tynnwyd allan y rhan fwyaf o’r seddi yn Eil yr Ymwelwyr ac yn eu lle gosodwyd cadeiriau y gellid eu defnyddio mewn ffordd fwy hyblyg ar gyfer gwasanaethau llai neu gyfarfodydd o gynulleidfa’r Capel. Mae’r Capel yn dal i gynnal y cylch dyddiol o wasanaethau yn ystod yr wythnos yn ystod y tymor, patrwm fu’n ddi-dor ers 1827. 

Pwy yw Pwy

Caplan y Brifysgol, y Parchedig Ddr Allan Barton sy’n Offeiriad Anglicanaidd, sy’n arwain y Gaplaniaeth.  Mae ef ar gael i bobl a hoffai ei weld efallai am arweiniad ysbrydol, sacrament cymodi, neu unrhyw reswm arall.

Hefyd mae gan y Gaplaniaeth dîm o fyfyrwyr yn cynnwys Sacristan a nifer o glercod capel, sy’n paratoi ar gyfer gwasanaethau yn ystod yr wythnos ac ar y Sul.  Mae’r swyddi hyn ar agor i bawb, ac yn aml bydd swydd wag ar ddechrau’r flwyddyn.  Cysylltwch â’r Caplan os oes gennych ddiddordeb.

Manylion Cyswllt

Ar gyfer ymholiadau cyffredinol cysylltwch â Chynorthwyydd Personol yr Is-Ganghellor, Anne Milcoy yn y lle cyntaf ar

Caplan y Brifysgol:  mae’r Parchedig Ddr. Allan Barton ar gael drwy apwyntiad.  Rhif ffôn ei swyddfa yw:  01570 424781 a’r e-bost:

Cyfarwyddwr Cerddoriaeth y Capel:  Mr Paul Watkins

Paul yw'r Organydd a’r Cyfarwyddwr Cerddoriaeth, ac mae hefyd yn bwynt cyswllt am ymholiadau ynghylch yr ysgoloriaeth organ. Gellir cysylltu ag ef ar: