Nicholaston House Celtic Chapel

The Celtic Chapel at Nicholaston House

The Celtic Chapel endorses the vision of the House. Completed in March 2010, it is built in medieval style and central to the daily rhythm of prayer and worship. 

Guests are welcome to join with staff for short devotional times in the Chapel during the week. At other times, guests may request the Chapel key for personal devotional times.

The Celtic Chapel at Nicholaston House

Celtic Cross (on the roof)

Pink Jersey granite from the La Saline Quarry, near Ronez Point, on the north coast of Jersey in the parish of St John.

The quarry looks out to Guernsey, Sark and Alderney. It is a symbol of the journey of the Welsh Celtic Saint Samson, who was associated with healing, and went on to become a notable Breton Saint and is buried in Dol, Brittany, France, where there is a shrine to him. The granite was brought back by sea to Weymouth, then to Gower.


Made from reclaimed Pitch Pine timber. Original timber used in the early 19th Century dockyard building in Chatham Dockyard, Kent. Probably grown in the Baltic in the late 18th Century.

Interior East Niche

Furnished with Northumberland sandstone Celtic cross. Stone taken to Holy Island, Lindisfarne, and blessed on the high altar of St Mary's church Lindisfarne.

Floor Slabs

Metamorphic limestone from Jerusalem called Ramon Stone. Symbolic of the Holy Land itself. The name Ramon is also linked by coincidence to Brother Ramon, the late Franciscan monk, who has a dedicated Hermitage in the grounds of Nicholaston House near this chapel.

Centre Floor Slab

Of golden stone from a small quarry in Bethlehem run by a Palestinian. It symbolises the birth place of our Lord Jesus Christ. The underside of the centre stone slab is carved with the following inscription:

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 

Ceiling Centre Boss

A carved wooden pitch pine relief of the 'Star of Bethlehem'. Symbol of the 'star' over Bethlehem, which guided the Magi to the stable. The longer point of the star points to the north, towards the Aumbry cupboard on the wall.

The Aumbry

A small stone niche set into the North wall fitted with a lockable wooden pitch pine door with ironwork. This is the traditional place for such a cupboard where the Communion vessels and reserved sacrament are kept.

A small stone is set into the stone band beneath the Aumbry cupboard. The stone is carved into a rudimentary cross shape. It was picked up from under the waters of the Sea of Gallilee by David Dean and given to the chapel as a gift. It was there under the water when Christ walked on that water. It is here now.

GOD'S House: The Story of Nicholaston House, by Derrick Hancock.The incredible story of a retreat house in one of Wales’ most spectacular beauty spots has been published.

‘God’s House’ is a detailed account of how Nicholaston House came into existence by the man who had the vision and was given instruction direct from God.

In 1990 God unmistakably led Sue and Derrick Hancock to Swansea to see a vision fulfilled which God had given them some years previously. The booklet (A5, 53 pages, colour) gives a brief factual account of what God did and is doing. It has been written for two reasons - to give glory to God and to show what very ordinary people can do when they step out in faith with God. 'All that we have accomplished, You have done for us' - Isaiah 26 v 12.