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A Pocket Guide: Discovering Welsh Graves (Pocket Guide) by Alun Roberts

By Alun Roberts

This new and strange Pocket consultant refers to greater than three hundred Welsh graves of the recognized and never so recognized. they're grouped in handy geographical parts utilizing the present neighborhood executive barriers and there's counsel on how to define the graves themselves. The booklet isn't loads in regards to the graves themselves (although the place they're rather impressive there are photos and outlines) yet concerning the humans buried in them. It hence presents potted biographies of the members concerned and gives a few fascinating juxtapositions. So we discover the particularly good Cynan and Sir John Edward Lloyd buried just about the heavily eccentric John Evans (Bardd Cocos) at Menai Bridge, Joe Erskine on the subject of Arwel Hughes at Thornhill, whereas Trealaw will be worthy vacationing to determine the graves of Viscount Tonypandy, Tommy Farr, Lewis Jones and Kitchener Davies in addition to that of Williams Evans, proprietor of the Corona pop manufacturing unit.

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In the Calvinistic Methodist chapel cemetery, on the right-hand side, is the grave of Nan Davies (1910–70), who progressed from being secretary to the legendary radio producer, Sam Jones, to becoming a prizewinning producer herself with BBC Wales. CONWY COLWYN BAY The crematorium was journey’s end for two celebrated peace campaigners. Bertrand Russell (1872–1970), the philosopher and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament activist, lived near Penrhyn39 deudraeth for many years before his death. At his request his cremation was conducted with absolutely no ceremony and his ashes were subsequently scattered.

RHYMNEY About a hundred yards (to the right) along the main path on the right, leading from the entrance to Rhymney cemetery, stands a headstone carrying the epitaph ‘Ni caiff [sic] yn anghof byth’ (he will 11 never be forgotten). ’ CARDIFF CATHAYS When Cathays cemetery was opened in 1859 the Cardiff Times believed that ‘it would form the principal walk of the inhabitants of Cardiff’. It certainly became the most fashionable resting place for many of its leading citizens. John Cory (1823–91) was the head of one of two Cardiff commercial dynasties with the same name and both originating in the west of England.

He is still widely referred to by Welsh preachers as ‘Y Pêr Caniedydd’ (The Sweet Singer). A substantial obelisk marks his grave in the north-east of the churchyard. 24 Rhys Prichard (1579–1644), the ‘Old Vicar’ of Llandovery, was a different sort of chap altogether. He was, for many years, a hopeless drunkard who would spend most of his waking hours in the local hostelries until, according to George Borrow, ‘he was generally trundled home in a wheelbarrow in a state of utter insensibility’. Having suddenly seen the error of his ways he took to writing popular verse aimed at ordinary people, combining religious exhortation and homely wisdom, which was collected together in book form after his death, with the title Canwyll y Cymru (the Welshmen’s candle).

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