Towards the end of last week the volunteers who have been working in the graveyard came across some partially buried pieces of stonework. On closer examination they turned out to be parts of the tomb (monument) of Rev David Thomas, the first ordained minister of Saron Chapel, Troedyrhiw.
The inscription on the slab reads:-
To the memory of
the Rev DAVID THOMAS
the beloved minister of this church
who resigned his spirit into the hands of his God
and saviour Oct 6th 1843
The reassembled monument looks like this:-
This is an intriguing discovery for two reasons:-
- The monumental inscription is in English rather than Welsh as might have been expected of the tomb of the minister of a Welsh Independent chapel at this date.
- The tomb is clearly outside the footprint of the demolished chapel and, we think, of an earlier building. This conflicts with our understanding that the first two ministers of Saron, Troedyrhiw were interred beneath their pulpits, within the chapel building.
Some further research may clear up these problems.