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

By Alun Roberts

This new and strange Pocket advisor refers to greater than three hundred Welsh graves of the well-known and never so well-known. they're grouped in handy geographical parts utilizing the present neighborhood executive barriers and there's information on how to define the graves themselves. The ebook isn't a lot in regards to the graves themselves (although the place they're relatively extraordinary there are pictures and outlines) yet concerning the humans buried in them. It hence offers potted biographies of the members concerned and gives a few interesting juxtapositions. So we discover the particularly decent Cynan and Sir John Edward Lloyd buried on the subject of the heavily eccentric John Evans (Bardd Cocos) at Menai Bridge, Joe Erskine as regards to 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 facility.

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However, he married well, first to Charlotte Windsor, thereby inheriting much land in and around Cardiff and, after her death, he married into the Coutts family, enhancing his fortune even more. Visitors to his tomb and those of his family members in the splendid Bute Mausoleum, redesigned in the 1880s, may well be struck by their resemblance to the tombs of the Russian tsars lying in the Peter and Paul fortress in St Petersburg. The seven massive sarcophagi, made of red Peterhead granite, certainly have no parallel in Britain, though the granite tombs of Napoleon III, Empress Eugénie and the Prince Imperial in Farnborough Abbey are similar.

On the north side of the cathedral lie members of the Insole family of Llandaff, pioneers of the Cardiff coal trade. To James Harvey Insole (1821–1901) belongs the dubious distinction of being the owner of the notoriously unsafe Cymer colliery in the Rhondda, where, on 15 July 1856, there was an underground explosion which killed 114 miners, the worst mining disaster in Britain up to that time. Though he disclaimed any personal responsibility for the accident, he did pay for all the funerals. Next to the churchyard is the main Llandaff cemetery, the resting place of David Morgan (1833–1919), founder of what is now one of Cardiff’s largest shopping enterprises, having opened his drapers’ shop at 23 The Hayes in 1879.

The film critic of The Times, C. A. Lejeune, referred to her as ‘the symbol of all miners’ wives and mothers’. She was even better as Beth Morgan in the BBC television version of Richard Llewellyn’s How Green Was My Valley, and for nearly twenty years she played Bella in the popular Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm. WHITCHURCH Charles Burley Ward (1876–1921), a hero of the Boer War, was the last person to be decorated with the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria before her death. His grave, marked by a characteristic white military headstone, lies about fifty yards beyond the west wall of St Mary’s parish church.

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