LLANBADARN CHURCHYARD BY A W GILBEY
AND PENGLAIS SCHOOL HISTORY SOCIETY
THE CHURCHYARD AT LLANBADARN FAWR
The origin of this book lay in my appointment to teach History at Penglais School, Aberystwyth, in 1976. The advertisement for the post invited applicants to develop local history:
Assistant teacher of History
The School believes in the value of knowledge of the local environment and the person appointed will be encouraged to develop pupil's interests in local history- through field work.
16th of April 1976
This advert prompted a response from the Cambrian News reporter on local history - who later moved to Australia. He wrote
I am glad to hear from Dyfed Education Committee that Penglais School “believes in the value and knowledge of the local environment". Penglais School is now advertising for an assistant history teacher who will be encouraged to develop pupils' interest in local history through field work.
30th April 1976
Many years later – sometime in the 1980s – I finished the first draft of this book but then marriage, career, children and a thousand other things crept up. Now I have finally decided to put this book out in my name – not so much for my sake but more for the sake of those pupils who contributed to the work. I can only apologise that it has taken so long and would have taken longer had I not been alerted me to the spread of unauthorised copies of the draft work not only on paper but also, in one incredible case, on someone else's website without my permission.
The setting of this work is the churchyard at Llanbadarn Fawr and the following extract seems to sum up the atmosphere of the place:
The Churchyard of Llanbadarn, with its shady avenue of ash trees, and the few remaining offsets of its venerable yew tree, is peculiarly fitted to awaken in the contemplative mind those solemn feelings that arise on visiting the place of sepulture of those Who are gone before us to that bourne from whence no traveller returns, as it is full of the memorials of frail mortality and relics of elder time.
T .0. Morgan.
Aberystwyth Guide 1848
Albert William Gilbey