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Grave Monument to Rev Robert Ellis (Cynddelw)

A Grade II Listed Building in Glyn Ceiriog, Wrexham

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Coordinates

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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History

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.

Exterior

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.

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