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Tomb of Eben Fardd

A Grade II Listed Building in Clynnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0211 / 53°1'16"N

Longitude: -4.365 / 4°21'54"W

OS Eastings: 241463

OS Northings: 349709

OS Grid: SH414497

Mapcode National: GBR 5D.FN3Y

Mapcode Global: WH43Y.XBL8

Entry Name: Tomb of Eben Fardd

Listing Date: 15 September 1999

Last Amended: 15 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22348

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The tomb is set in the churchyard on the NE side of the church, close to the gable of the N vestry.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Clynnog

Community: Clynnog

Locality: Clynnog-fawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Ebenezer Thomas, Eben Fardd, 1802-1883 was the local schoolmaster and later a grocer, a well-known romantic poet, critic and writer. Regarded in his day as one of Wales' foremost poets, he came to prominence in the Welshpool Eisteddfod in 1824. He moved to Clynnog in 1827, where he lived opposite the church in a house now called Bod Cybi. He died on the 17th February 1883.


A graveyard monument in a Gothic style consisting of a square stone die raised on two low steps, having chamfered edges and gabled each side as roofs with fleur gables, and lower terminals carved as balls of leaves. The die rises behind the gables as a 4-sided pyramid carrying a square terminal feature with offset capstones. Inscribed on the N side ER GOF AM EBENEZER THOMAS EBEN FARDD, Awst 1802 - Chwefror 17 1883, and further inscriptions, including a gold enlivened poem by Tom Bowen Jones of 1854. A slate plaque has been added to the E side.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a monument to the notable bard Eben Fardd, a pre-eminent figure in C19 Welsh literature. The tomb is a robust and ingenious exercise in a late Victorian Gothic style.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II The Court House
    The house is immediately outside NE side of the churchyard, facing towards the church.
  • I Church of St Beuno, with attached Chapel of St Beuno
    The parish church is set close to the main Caernarfon to Pwllheli road, in a large graveyard which slopes gently to the N. The chapel stands on the S side of the tower.
  • II Lychgate to the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The lychgate opens directly off the main road at the centre of the village, and leads into the W corner of the churchyard opposite the E end of the chancel.
  • II Bod Cybi
    The house is one of a row of cottages overlooking the churchyard at the centre of the village.
  • II Sundial in the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The sundial now stands in the churchyard approximately 3m from the SW corner of the Chapel of St Beuno.
  • II Post Office
    The shop is set on a cut-off section of the main road, SW of the Coach Inn, and on the corner of a minor road into the hills at the rear.
  • II Bodfasarn
    The house lies alongside the main road, immediately SW of the church in the centre of the village.
  • II Former SW wing of Bodfasarn
    The building is attached to the SW gable end of Bodfasarn, facing the main road.

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