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Monument to Evan Jones ('Ieuan Gwynedd')

A Grade II Listed Building in Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn (Pen-yr-heol, Trecenydd ac Eneu'r-glyn), Caerphilly

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Latitude: 51.575 / 51°34'30"N

Longitude: -3.2604 / 3°15'37"W

OS Eastings: 312754

OS Northings: 186991

OS Grid: ST127869

Mapcode National: GBR HT.CYDV

Mapcode Global: VH6DS.FNRY

Entry Name: Monument to Evan Jones ('Ieuan Gwynedd')

Listing Date: 25 May 1999

Last Amended: 25 May 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21735

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located at the W end of the burial ground.

County: Caerphilly

Town: Caerphilly

Community: Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn (Pen-yr-heol, Trecenydd ac Eneu'r-glyn)

Community: Penyrheol, Trecenydd and Energlyn

Locality: Groeswen

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Groeswen, built in 1742, was the first Calvinistic Methodist Chapel in Wales. The burial ground was acquired in the period 1798-1801, and was extended E in 1865. It is known as the 'Westminster of Wales' because of the fine collection of displayful monuments to ministers, benefactors of the chapel, and local bards.

Evan Jones ('Ieuan Gwynedd'), was born in Dolgelly in 1820. He became minister of Sardis Chapel, Tredegar in 1845, but is chiefly remembered as a journalist, writing essays and editing radical periodicals. In particular, he defended non-conformism against the Established Church and the Education Commissioners. He suffered ill health for several years and died in 1852 at the age of 32.


Masonry obelisk in neo-classical style. Set on a moulded plinth. A tall, square-section, tapering base, with recessed panels and a lotus and palmette frieze, is surmounted by a pronounced moulded cornice, from which the obelisk rises. The front bears an inscription to the Rev. Evan Jones.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual neo-classical monument to a prominent Welsh journalist and pioneer of non-conformism.
Group value with Groeswen Chapel and other listed monuments in the burial ground.

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  • II Telephone Call-Box
    Located immediately outside the White Cross Inn, within the car park. Groeswen Chapel adjoins the car park to the E.
  • II Monument to William Williams ('Caledfryn')
    Located in the burial ground, to the SW of the chapel.
  • II Monument to Thomas James Thomas and others
    Located in the burial ground, close to the SW angle of the chapel.
  • II* Groeswen Chapel
    Set within its burial ground, the chapel faces the road with vestry adjoining to the W. Located at the E end of Groeswen village.
  • II Thomas family monument
    Located in the burial ground on the S side of the chapel.
  • II Hendredenny Hall
    Located in the centre of Hendredenny Park housing estate, approached off the lane which leads from Penyrheol to Groeswen.
  • II Duffryn Ffrwd Manor
    Set back from the road, with modern housing in the former grounds to the E and W.
  • II Nantgarw House
    Located along the E bank of the former Glamorganshire Canal. Caerphilly road is cut by the A470 immediately to the E.

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