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 well-known. they're grouped in handy geographical parts utilizing the present neighborhood govt limitations and there's tips on how to define the graves themselves. The booklet isn't really loads in regards to the graves themselves (although the place they're rather impressive there are images and outlines) yet concerning the humans buried in them. It hence presents potted biographies of the members concerned and provides a few fascinating juxtapositions. So we discover the really good Cynan and Sir John Edward Lloyd buried as regards to the heavily eccentric John Evans (Bardd Cocos) at Menai Bridge, Joe Erskine with regards to Arwel Hughes at Thornhill, whereas Trealaw will be worthy traveling to work out 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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PENBRYN Penbryn church, near Tre-saith, is a wonderfully atmospheric place, remote and perched high above the Ceredigion coast. At the top of the churchyard, under a substantial brown marble cross, lies Anne Adaliza Puddicombe, better known as Allen Raine (1836–1908) who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, was one of the best-selling authors of the day. Her most popular novel, A Welsh Singer (1897), had sold over 300,000 copies by the time of her death and in 1915 a silent film version appeared with Edith Evans making her screen debut.

No Welsh poet has been more quoted from the pulpit during the last fifty years. Gwenallt’s unmistakeable grave (section 2, number 212), topped by a solid slab of Welsh slate, lies on the eastern side of the cemetery, not far from its northern perimeter, on the right of the main path. A few yards away (section 2, number 109) is the grave of his university teacher, Thomas Gwynn Jones (1871–1949), for nearly twenty years professor of Welsh literature at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and considered the most gifted Welsh literary figure of the first half of the twentieth century.

John Batchelor (1820–83), a shipbuilder, was by no means as popular and after his death a local solicitor wrote a highly defamatory piece in the Western Mail which landed him in the High Court on a charge of criminal libel. He was acquitted, thereby establishing in law the principle that to libel the dead does not itself constitute an offence. Poor John Batchelor, ‘The Friend of Freedom’, whose statue in the middle of Cardiff is regularly embellished with beer glasses, traffic cones and the like, is buried in section O (plot 967), near the main entrance, but the grave is now almost totally obscured by a holly tree growing out of it.

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