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Chest Tomb of Twm O'r Nant at the Church of St Marcella

A Grade II Listed Building in Denbigh, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.185 / 53°11'5"N

Longitude: -3.3913 / 3°23'28"W

OS Eastings: 307122

OS Northings: 366222

OS Grid: SJ071662

Mapcode National: GBR 6N.3BPR

Mapcode Global: WH771.W67P

Entry Name: Chest Tomb of Twm O'r Nant at the Church of St Marcella

Listing Date: 20 July 2000

Last Amended: 20 July 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23659

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: In the churchyard, immediately to the SW of the church tower, beneath a venerable yew tree.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Denbigh (Dinbych)

Community: Denbigh

Locality: Whitchurch

Built-Up Area: Denbigh

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Early C19 chest tomb to Thomas Edwards 'Twm O'r Nant' (1739-1810), bard and playwright, known as the Cambrian Shakespeare.

Exterior

Rectangular chest tomb of polished slate; 2-panel sides with fielded panels having extruded corners; single panel ends, that to the E with modern slate plaque affixed having the carved inscription:'Bedd Twm O'r Nant'. The tomb-slab has chamfered sides and has a primary carved inscription at the top: 'Here lieth the body of Thomas Edwards of Nant, The Cambrian Shakespeare, with his wife and four of his daughters. Died April 3rd 1810 aged 71.' Two later verses in Welsh inscribed below.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as the tomb of Twm O'r Nant, 'the Cambrian Shakespeare' (1739-1810).

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