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Latitude: 51.5799 / 51°34'47"N
Longitude: -3.553 / 3°33'10"W
OS Eastings: 292489
OS Northings: 187924
OS Grid: SS924879
Mapcode National: GBR HF.CP0L
Mapcode Global: VH5H5.CKK6
Entry Name: Hooped Grave Cover in Llangeinor churchyard
Listing Date: 30 July 1997
Last Amended: 30 July 1997
Source ID: 18636
Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Location: In Llangeinor churchyard, SE section, near front boundary wall.
Community: Garw Valley (Cwm Garw)
Community: Garw Valley
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Unusual survival of a metal grave cover, possibly installed to prevent theft of bodies for medical purposes during C18 -19. It is a series of metal hoops fixed to a framework forming a semicircular grille and is modest in size compared to some stronger larger illustrated versions. Some anti body-snatching devices were used only temporarily and moved to new graves as needed. An alternative possible use is as a temporary grave cover, a development of the more customary wicker version. The modest headstone at top is now illegible; small footstone at opposite end. Churchyard has a number of unusual coffin shaped kerb graves with very small head and footstones.
Listed as an unusual survival of a former burial practice and for group value with Church of St Cein.
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