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Grave Monument to Rev Robert Ellis (Cynddelw)

A Grade II Listed Building in Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9312 / 52°55'52"N

Longitude: -3.1829 / 3°10'58"W

OS Eastings: 320585

OS Northings: 337742

OS Grid: SJ205377

Mapcode National: GBR 6Y.M7BX

Mapcode Global: WH78B.2LM7

Entry Name: Grave Monument to Rev Robert Ellis (Cynddelw)

Listing Date: 8 July 2003

Last Amended: 8 July 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81290

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: Located in the Baptist Cemetery which borders the B4579 road, just outside and to the SE of Glyn Ceiriog village.

County: Wrexham

Town: Llangollen

Community: Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog

Community: Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog

Locality: Glyn Ceiriog

Built-Up Area: Glyn Ceiriog

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The Rev Robert ''Cynddelw'' Ellis (1812-75), poet, author, preacher and antiquary, was born at Pen y bont Fawr, Montgomeryshire, where he also died. He joined the Baptist Church in 1832 and was Baptist minister at Glyn Ceiriog from 1838-42. His last ministry was in Caernarfon (1862-75), but he also lectured widely on the history and literature of Wales. Important in Eisteddfod circles, he was an adjudicator, and gained his bardic name ''Cynddelw'' in 1849. Robert Ellis is one of 3 local Welshman (with John ''Ceiriog'' Hughes and Huw Morris), who are celebrated at the Ceiriog Memorial Institute.
The Baptist Cemetery is on the site of an earlier chapel, pre-dating Capel Seion in the village which was built in 1874. This obelisk is said to be positioned over the site of the pulpit.


A simple obelisk of unpolished stone, on a square base with moulded capstone, which is on a 2-tier plinth with mouldings to upper edges. Engraved on the S side of the base is ''Bedd / Cynddelw / 1812 - 1875''. The obelisk is within a small square enclosure of low iron railings which have arched tops.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its historic interest as a monument to a prominent local Welshman, and for its association with the Ceiriog Memorial Institute.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Locomotive Shed, Glyn Valley Tramway
    Located towards the W end of New Road, approx 100m from the main crossroads in the village. The shed is behind a hedge in the grounds of a Works Depot.
  • II* Ceiriog Memorial Institute including retaining wall and railings
    Located towards the S end of the High Street. The ground rises to the W and the building is slightly raised above road level.
  • II Glyn Valley Hotel
    Located in a prominent position in the centre of the village, on the W side of the main crossroads.
  • II The Vicarage
    Reached by a driveway off the N end of the High Street and surrounded by glebeland.
  • II Church of St Ffraid
    On the E side of a lane which runs N from the centre of Glyn Ceiriog. The lane rises steeply and the church is in a prominent position on the hillside.
  • II Telephone call box opposite Nos 1 & 2 Orley House
    On the S side of a narrow unmetalled lane which leads W from the lane leading up to the church from the village. On the edge of the hillside overlooking the main village of Glyn Ceiriog
  • II 2 Orley House
    Located on the N side of a narrow unmetalled lane which leads W from the lane which leads up to the church from the village. In a high position on the hillside.
  • II 1 Orley House
    Located on the N side of a narrow unmetalled lane which leads W from the lane which leads up to the church from the village. In a high position on the hillside.

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