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The feature below was first shown on my website on 23 June 2004

John Ball

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Brychgoed Independent Chapel


Where's that?? - locate Brychgoed Chapel on a map of South Wales.

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Brychgoed Chapel Graveyard (continued)

Havard grave   Havard grave
Above: One of the eight HAVARD graves in Brychgoed Chapel graveyard.
The inscriptions on this impressive monument are as follows:
 
East face (not shown)

Sacred
to the memory of
Thomas son of
Thomas HAVARD
of Bedlwyn Senny
by Gwenllian his wife
who died Sepr. 3rd
1857
age 23 years
Also of
Howell Jones
son of
Thomas & Lenah HAVARD
who died March 13th
1863
Aged 23 years
also of
Charles Jenkins
son of the above
who died Feb 5th
1859
Also of James, son
of the above named
who died May 7th 1854
aged 2 years.
  West face (shown above)

In affectionate memory
of
Thomas HAVARD
of Bedlwyn Senny
who departed this life
the 29th day of February
1876
aged 74 years
... Verse ...
Also Lenah, his wife
died 10th June 1889
aged 73 years.





The HAVARDS are a famous family in this part of Breconshire. Their history can be traced back to the Normans who came to Britain with William the Conqueror in the 11th century AD. There are still HAVARDs living in the area.


Graveyard
Above: The south-western section of the graveyard.
The headstone in the centre of the photograph appears to be floating in a sea of blue flowers (see also below).
Gravestone with cornflowers
Above: The old headstone is surrounded by a cluster of perennial cornflowers growing wild in the graveyard. A close-up of two of these colourful flower heads is shown below left.

Perennial cornflower
Above: Perennial cornflower
( Centaurea montana )
  Old stone
Above: Ancient gravestone.

The gravestone dates from the early 18th century, and is now being used as a paving slab at the south-eastern entrance to the chapel graveyard.


View northeast
Above: The hazy view to the northeast of Brychgoed Chapel.
The moss and lichen-covered dry-stone wall marks the boundary of the burial yard.

Y Gaer
Above: Across the fields to the north is the 1127-foot high ridge on whose summit is the
Iron Age fort known as Y Gaer. Note the abundance of May blossom in the hedges and
trees defining the field boundaries in the middle distance.

Country lane
Above: Looking northwards away from the chapel along the quiet lane which
eventually leads to the village of Defynnog.

Study further details and photographs of Brychgoed Chapel in my Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection.

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