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About Us - Visit our Pink Chapel Showroom
About us, the showroom
About Us, Visit our large warehouses full of antique furniture
About Us - The Workshop

ABOUT US

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.

Discover the full Penderyn Antiques story here.

The Showroom

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.

 

The Warehouse

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.

The Workshop

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.

Meet The Team

Penderyn Antiques has grown from two to thirteen team members since its inception and also employs a number of contractors, bringing much longed for vocational roles to the local area. The thirteen-strong team covers warehouse operations across multiple sites, front-of-house provision for the chapel showroom, and marketing and buying teams. Meet everyone below!

Meet The Team - Craig, Sales & Project Management

Craig, Head of Sales & Project Management

Craig our project manager has always been a passionate collector of antiques, with a particular interest in 18th century furniture.
Meet The Team - Eve, Sales & Admin

Eve, Sales and Admin

Eve works within the admin side of the business. She works between the chapel and warehouse showrooms so you’re sure to bump into her if you stop by!
Meet The Team - Naomi, Marketing Manager

Naomi, Marketing & PR Manager

Naomi, having obtained a first class degree in Business Management and Marketing, now manages marketing and PR at Penderyn Antiques.
Meet The Team - Dan - Co-founder & head of buying

Dan, Co-Founder & Buying

Dan co-founded the business in 2015 after spending years playing in various rock bands and mountaineering. Dan is the head buyer at Penderyn Antiques.
Meet The Team - Nia - Co-founder & business strategy

Nia, Co-Founder & Business Strategy

Nia joined after working in the corporate world and quickly took charge. Nia focuses on the day to day running of Penderyn Antiques.
Meet The Team - Leigh - Co-founder & Master Carpenter

Leigh, Co-Founder & Master Carpenter

Leigh our head carpenter has over forty years of experience within the carpentry industry and brings his skilled craft to our workshop.
Meet The Team - Iwan, Finance & Accounting

Iwan, Finance & Accounting

After graduating from Cardiff university with a first class degree in Accounting and Finance, Iwan now manages the Finances within Penderyn Antiques.
Meet The Team - Kieran - Logistics Manager & Carpenter

Kieran, Logistics Manager & Carpenter

Kieran, an experienced carpenter works within our workshop along with operating the logistics side of Penderyn Antiques.
Meet The Team - Annabelle Photography & Head of Creative

Annabelle, Photographer & Head of Creative

Annabelle is an experienced photographer with over ten years of experience and has helped enhance our company’s online presence and brand image.
Meet The Team - Corey - Carpenter

Corey, Carpenter

Corey is our assistant carpenter. He learnt his skillset and knowledge whilst studying furniture making at college.
Meet The Team - Dale - Filmography & Creative

Dale, Filmography & Creative

Dale works in the creative department and plays a key role in making Penderyn Antiques a well-known worldwide brand.

Visit Us

We’re lucky to be based in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park, surrounded by traditional pubs, natural beauty and tourist attractions that are all within walking distance from us.

Waterfall Country is right on our doorstep, hosting one of the only waterfalls you can walk behind, Sgwd yr Eira, among many stunning waterfalls on the walk down-river. The route and several walking trails around Hirwaun and Penderyn can be found by clicking here. If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush on your trip, Zip World Tower provides the perfect opportunity, boasting the world’s fastest seated zip line, located just up the road from our warehouse location. And last but not least, the world-famous Penderyn Whisky Distillery is just down the road offering daily tours.

There are many delicious spots to grab some lunch in the area, including The Red Lion Inn, The Lamb Hotel and Ty Newydd Country Hotel and Restaurant

Further afield, you can take a walk up Pen y Fan, the tallest mountain in southern Britain, drive, walk up to the Rhigos Mountain Viewpoint or pop to the Garwnant visitor centre and Willow Walk.