Last Saturday it rained and rained and rained. I love going to Wales, but I could have done without the rain – my coat took 24 hours to dry out in a warm centrally heated room. Traditionally these trips to Tredegar, that I have been going on for a few years with my brother and sometimes our parents, have been all about visiting some places associated with our family history as well as catching up with the living members of the family. This time we took the chance to visit a couple of places that weren’t connected to our family too. One place that has intrigued me for a while is the Cholera Cemetery on a hillside above Tredegar: it’s a really bleak burial ground for victims of cholera epidemics. We also visited Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Merthyr Tydfil, which is well worth a trip.
Churches were also a bit of a feature. This one is St.Sannans in Bedwellty and the cleaning ladies who kindly let us have a look around told us it was a 12th century church. We’d visited St.Sannan’s on a previous trip, but hadn’t been inside. There is a family burial in the churchyard and number of family members were married there, as this was at one time the parish church for Tredegar (in the early days before it had grown enough to have its own Church of Wales’ parishes).
We also visited the catholic church (All Saints) in Ebbw Vale for the first time, which is where my grandparents got married. Here’s a picture of the lovely roof. It wasn’t just churches and cemetries though. There were several pubs (for lunch and dinner you understand of course); a trip to take pictures of a police station in Bedwas (my great-grandfather died there – he was living there as his son-in-law was a police sergeant); and a flying visit to Caerphilly, which is earmarked for a return visit on a drier day.
The Welsh theme continued with me writing about celebrating St.David’s Day. Luckily the trip to Wales had meant I’d had the chance to buy some Welsh foodie treats for us.