Images of Wales
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Graves and Tombstones
Carmarthenshire, & Breconshire
Photography by John ball - May/June/July 1998
(with Agfa ePhoto307 digital camera)
Today's pictures feature a miscellany of tombstones found in various old graveyards in South Wales.
Left: A pedestal tombstone, surrounded by iron railings. (Baran Independent Chapel, Nantmoel, Clydach Valley, Glamorgan)
Above: An old gravestone almost lost in this overgrown thicket.
The name Daniel John can just be deciphered.
(Baran Independent Chapel, Nantmoel, Clydach Valley, Glamorgan)
Above: In the same desolate graveyard, these imposing tombstones reflect the status
For further details of Baran Chapel, see my Welsh Churches and Chapels Collection.
of the deceased. (Baran Independent Chapel, Nantmoel, Clydach Valley, Glamorgan)
|Above: Two well-tended graves seen in the parish churchyard at Cosheston, Pembrokeshire.|
A Commonwealth War Graves Commission tombstone marks the grave of Leading Stoker W. H. Thomas of the Royal Navy, who was killed on 19th August 1915 while serving on HM Submarine "E 13" in World War I.
The grave of Robert Henry Williams late of Llanelly, who died April 14, 1874, aged 21 years.
|Above: Two graves in the burial yard of Providence Independent Chapel in Cliff Street at Laugharne in Carmarthenshire.|
The inscription says:
Sacred to the Memory of Ellen Eliza Evans who died 7th November 1851 aged 5 years and 6 months
The verse was difficult to read, but appears to be:
Short pain, short grief dear babe was thine,
Now joys eternal and divine
Yes thou art fled and saints a welcome sing
Thine infant spirit soars on angel's wing.
||A shrouded orb design on top of a pedestal tombstone.
Right: Ornate and descriptive text seen on a tombstone
in the churchyard of St Mary's parish church at
Builth Wells, Breconshire.
Sacred to the Memory of Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Jane Davies of this Town, who unfortunately lost his life by a Waggon Wheel going over him on the 5th day of April 1823, aged 13 years.
Curiously, the inscription occupies only the left-hand side of the tombstone, while the right-hand side is blank. One can only speculate about the reason.
Acknowledgement (3 January 2004):
To Jeff Coleman for helping me decipher the verse on the tombstone in the chapel graveyard at Laugharne.