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Gwynne Holford Monument in the churchyard to SW of Church of St Ffraed

A Grade II Listed Building in Talybont-on-Usk, Powys

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Latitude: 51.9029 / 51°54'10"N

Longitude: -3.2771 / 3°16'37"W

OS Eastings: 312230

OS Northings: 223480

OS Grid: SO122234

Mapcode National: GBR YT.QCRL

Mapcode Global: VH6C7.4FWK

Entry Name: Gwynne Holford Monument in the churchyard to SW of Church of St Ffraed

Listing Date: 17 December 1998

Last Amended: 17 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21143

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: In Llansantffraed churchyard, SW of the church, in a prominent position by the boundary wall overlooking the road.

County: Powys

Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)

Community: Talybont-on-Usk

Locality: Llansantffraed

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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The Gwynne Holford family were major landowners in this area in the C19, owning the important Buckland Estate which was sold early C20. Their land stretched over to Llangorse including many farms near the Lake and Treholford at Cathedine acquired by the family in the early C19. There are family links with the Holfords of Westonbirt. This monument was erected to Col Gwynne Holford of Buckland and Cilgwyn Carmarthenshire (d 1846) by his widow in 1847. Other members of the family are commemorated on added plaques.


Catafalque of ashlar with marble plaques in a wide kerbed surround. Stands on a stone base with deep moulded battered plinth. Chest has marble portrait roundels of bust in profile bordered by a serpent clasping its own tail on E and W faces; primary inscription on E face, further inscription plaques N and S. Above is a triglyph frieze and overhanging moulded cornice, the soffit panelled with a disc design, surmounted at each end by achievements ending in deep scrolls. An engraved stone crest of 1697 not fully legible presumably associated with the Holfords leans against the S face.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual and striking Neoclassical churchyard monument, of substantial historical interest to the area.

Group value with the Church of St Ffraed, the Vaughan monument and Llansantffraed House.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Church of St Ffraed
    On rising ground just above the main road to Brecon which passes beneath it to W close by the River Usk, set in a roughly rectangular walled churchyard.
  • II Tomb to Henry Vaughan to E of Church of St Ffraed
    Towards the E edge of Llansantffraed churchyard; stands in a later flagged area part enclosed by railings.
  • II Llansantffraed House
    In a dominating position adjacent to Llansantffraed church, above the main road between Abergavenny and Brecon, overlooking the River Usk.
  • II The Old Rectory
    By the main road between Brecon and Abergavenny, NW of Llansantffraed church, on the banks of the River Usk.
  • II Former Talybont Railway Station
    NE of Talybont village, on the road which joins the main Brecon Abergavenny Road, just S of the River Usk.
  • II Gilestone
    On low lying ground in the Usk Valley, N of Talybont village, reached by a long farmtrack across fields from the road E, or a less used track across the canal to S.
  • II Barn range at Maes Mawr
    On the opposite side of the lane from Maes Mawr farmhouse, reached off B4558.
  • II Chilson Bridge (Canal Bridge No.146)
    N of Talybont village and SW of Gilestone.

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