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Tomb of Howell Harris in Churchyard of the Church of St Gwendoling

A Grade II Listed Building in Talgarth, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9961 / 51°59'45"N

Longitude: -3.2288 / 3°13'43"W

OS Eastings: 315730

OS Northings: 233780

OS Grid: SO157337

Mapcode National: GBR YW.JKQ2

Mapcode Global: VH6BV.Z3F5

Entry Name: Tomb of Howell Harris in Churchyard of the Church of St Gwendoling

Listing Date: 14 August 1995

Last Amended: 14 August 1995

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16286

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located approximately 100m SE of the S porch of the parish church, close to the path to the SE corner gate.

County: Powys

Community: Talgarth

Community: Talgarth

Built-Up Area: Talgarth

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

Howell Harris was the father of Howel Harris the preacher and reformer. It is claimed that the latter stood on this family tomb to deliver his famous oration which converted William Williams, Pantycelyn, amongst others to the reforming movement.

Exterior

Low chest tomb of sandstone, 1730, with a projecting ledger slab, sandstone sides, and plinth, the slab inscribed on the top face with a scroll margin within which is an inscription reading 'In Memory of / Howell Harris who Died March ye 9th 1730 / Aged 58/ Christ was my Guide on / Earth and Death shall / be my gain / etc. Tomb was erected by Susanna, his beloved wife, of Trevecka. W end slab has an added inscription to Susanna Harris died January 1750, aged 88.

The tomb is surrounded by a C19 heavy low cast iron railings by Nott & Co of Brecon.

Reasons for Listing

Included at Grade II for its historical associations.

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  • II* Church of St Gwendoline
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  • II Merlin House
    Located in a terrace of houses opposite and facing the graveyard of the parish church, from which it is stepped forward.
  • II Church House including Gates and Railings to Front
    Located in a terrace of houses opposite and facing the graveyard of the parish church.
  • II Highcliffe House
    Located in a terrace of C19 cottages, one of a row of two within a larger group, and adjoining Merlin House to the E facing over the churchyard.
  • II Rosendaal
    Attached to the NE end of Brynglwys, forming a terrace of two facing the churchyard.
  • II Crescent House
    Pair of town houses at the W end of a row of houses facing N over the churchyard of the Church of St Gwendoline.
  • II Brynglwys
    Located opposite church gates, on the corner of Back Lane, and attached to Rosendaal. Short front garden enclosed by railings set on a low stone wall.
  • II Crescent Cottage
    Pair of town houses at the W end of a row of houses facing N over the churchyard of the Church of St Gwendoline.

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