A very interesting discovery and a puzzle

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.

Grave surround and inscribed slab

Grave surround and inscribed slab

The inscription on the slab reads:-


To the memory of


the beloved minister of this church

who resigned his spirit into the hands of his God

and saviour Oct 6th 1843

aged 29

The reassembled monument looks like this:-

Tomb of Rev David Thomas, 1843, Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw

Tomb of Rev David Thomas, 1843, Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw

This is an intriguing discovery for two reasons:-

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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