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Tomb of William Edwards in the churchyard of St Ilan, Eglwysilan, Aber Valley

Description: Tomb of William Edwards in the churchyard of St Ilan, Eglwysilan

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 28 June 1999
Cadw Building ID: 21957

OS Grid Coordinates: 310652, 188983
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5921, -3.2900

Location: Aber Valley, Caerphilly, Caerphilly CF83 4JG

Locality: Aber Valley
County: Caerphilly
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF83 4JG

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Listing Text

Location
On the S side of the nave to SW of the porch, adjacent to path on the W side.

History
William Edwards (1719-89) was an Independent Minister and a civil engineer, best known as a builder of bridges. Born at Ty Canol, Eglwysilan, in 1726 he moved to Bryn Tail in the same parish, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was pastor of Groeswen chapel from 1745 until his death. His chief engineering work is Pontypridd bridge of 1746-54, a long single-span stone bridge across the River Taff, but he also built bridges at Usk, Pontardawe, Betws (Glamorgan), Aberavon and Glasbury. Three of his sons, Thomas, David and Edward, also became bridge builders. A fourth son, William, was killed in Gibraltar and is also buried here.

Interior

Exterior
Late C18 double chest tomb to William Edwards and his wife. The long sides are plain, the short sides each have 2 fielded panels. Two coping slabs have engravings commemorating William Edwards and his wife (d. 1789) and their son William (d. 1795).

Reason for Listing
Listed Grade II* for its historic interest as the tomb of one of Wales' foremost nonconformist minsters of the C18 and one of the most eminent British bridge builders and engineers of the period.
Group value with the church and other associated listed items.

References
Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940, 1959, pp 198-9.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Notes:
On the S side of the nave to SW of the porch, adjacent to path on the W side.

Source: Cadw

Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.




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