Saturday, 3 March 2012

Images of the Day - Vaynor Church

Whilst on my travels yesterday morning i stopped off at Vaynor church and graveyard. This site is an important place in Local History. Below is an extract from Alan and Georges old Merthyr Tydfil Website about Vaynor church and the importance of one of its occupants.

"Vaynor is a separate parish from that of Merthyr Tydfil. There are two river valleys in Vaynor, the Taff Fechan and the Taff Fawr. The place name Vaynor is derived from the Welsh word ‘Van’ meaning high or lofty. Other spellings such as Faenor or Vainor are possibly of early Irish origins. The original Vaynor Church was built in 874 or 714 but was burnt down during the battle of Maesvaynor which took place in 1291, the church replacing this very early one became dilapidated by 1867 and the Crawshays had a new church built which was completed in 1870. The church is dedicated to St Gwynno. There are lots of stories and legends about Vaynor, one is that the church tower was often used as a temporary prison and that a thief sleeping overnight there discovered 100s of skulls.
 One of the most remarkable memorials in Vaynor Churchyard is the grave of Robert Thompson Crawshay, known as the ‘Iron King’. It is a slab of stone of immense size said to weigh 10 tons. He famously had the inscription ‘God forgive me’ on his grave. This has been interpreted as meaning that he was sorry for his actions ( closing the Cyfarthfa Works and making hundreds of his workforce destitute and possibly also the way he behaved towards his own family ), however, these words were a very common inscription on Victorian tombstones.

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