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.
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).
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.
Above: Perennial cornflower ( Centaurea montana )
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.
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.
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.
Above: Looking northwards away from the chapel along the quiet lane which eventually leads to the village of Defynnog.