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Group of 7 chest tombs in Aberclydach chapel cemetery

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

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Latitude: 51.883 / 51°52'58"N

Longitude: -3.304 / 3°18'14"W

OS Eastings: 310340

OS Northings: 221300

OS Grid: SO103213

Mapcode National: GBR YS.RK33

Mapcode Global: VH6C6.PX4V

Entry Name: Group of 7 chest tombs in Aberclydach chapel cemetery

Listing Date: 17 December 1998

Last Amended: 17 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21201

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: On the S side of the chapel, interspersed by headstones.

County: Powys

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

Community: Talybont-on-Usk

Locality: Aberclydach

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Those commemorated are: 1 Margaret wife of David Morgans of Maes Mawr d 1784, 2 Mary wife of T Pugh d 1811 and Thomas d 1848, 3 William Esgate? of Talybont shopkeeper d 1832, 4 William Powell of Gilestone d 1812, 5 Howell Williams of Berthllwyd d 1766, wife Rachel d 1787 and infant son d 1764, 6 Evan Philip of Ynys y postau (?) and wife Jane d 1855 also Jane d 1776, 7 Margaret wife of William Powell d 1788. Chapel and cemetery established 1762 by Howell Williams of Berthllwyd, commemorated in a plaque in the churchyard wall; his tomb is 5 above and probably one of the earliest in the cemetery since he died in 1766.

The chapel built 1762, extended 1856 and rebuilt 1876, served the Independent Cause in the Caerfanell valley extending to the remote Glyn Collwn.


The chest tombs are near the S side of the chapel, the first four being roughly in a line parallel with the side wall numbered from E to W, numbers 5 and 6 being a little further S and number 7 beside number 6. They are all made of local stone and plain in design; some inscriptions are illegible. 1 has primary inscription on N side in a decorative panel with floral motif, epitaph inscription S, part collapsed; 2 has inscription on slab, illegible earlier inscription S, another E, epitaph N; 3 has primary inscription N in an oval panel with fluted piers, moulded slab, S side collapsed; 4 has tooled inscription panel on S side, another N, urn-shaped corners, moulded slab; 5 has primary inscription on slab, further insciption on N side, lengthy epitaphs; 6 has inscription on slab, further earlier panel to N side, chest of coursed stone; 7 is collapsed.

Reasons for Listing

Included for group value with the chapel and surrounding cemetery wall as the major structural elements in a cemetery containing also headstones of outstanding qualifty.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Chapel at Aberclydach and surrounding cemetery wall
    On the S slope of Cwm Clydach, W of the hamlet of Aberclydach, opposite the Quarryworkers Cottages.
  • II Quarryworkers Cottages at Aberclydach
    On the W side of the hamlet of Aberclydach in Cwm Clydach, built into the steep S bank and almost opposite the chapel.
  • II Aber Bridge
    In the centre of Aberclydach hamlet, over the river Clydach.
  • II Tyle Clydach
    On the mountain road at the head of Cwm Clydach, W of the hamlet of Aberclydach.
  • II Barn range at Tyle Clydach
    Opposite the farmhouse on the other side of a narrow mountain lane.
  • II Bridge over Nant Cui
    The lower of the two bridges over the stream before it joins Afon Caerfanell, adjacent to Cui Lodge and a short distance SW of Talybont village.
  • II Cui Parc
    A short distance W of Talybont, near the foot of Cwm Cwy, just off the old route leading S to Aberclydach and the mountain road to Pontsticill
  • II Barn range at Cui Parc
    Close to the house at Cui Park, adjacent to the drive and sideways on to the lane, c 1km SW of Talybont village and N of Cwm Cwy.

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