TREDEGAR IRONWORKS CHOLERA CEMETERY;CEFN GOLAU CHOLERA CEMETERY

Site Details



NPRN
403539
Map Reference
SO10NW
Grid Reference
SO13880758
Unitary (Local) Authority
Blaenau Gwent
Old County
Monmouthshire
Community
Tredegar
Type of Site
CEMETERY
Broad Class
Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Period
Post Medieval;19th Century

Site Description

A nineteenth century cholera cemetery located at about 385m above sea level on the high ground above Tredegar. It dates from 1847 - 1849 when an epidemic focused on ironworkers' housing.

The cemetery is delimited by the corroded wrought iron bases of fence posts in a rectangle measuring 40m (NNW by SSE) by 20m. This appears to contain six rows of graves with some 30 graves in each row. About 25 headstones remain standing, some broken, and roughly another 25 fallen slabs are visible. Other graves are marked by stone edgings or mounds. Among legible inscriptions, in English and Welsh, nearly all record deaths in 1849 and many are directly ascribed to workers at Tredegar Ironworks. One is dated to 1866. As there were often several burials per plot, total interments may number between 200 and 600.

Similar cemeteries known to have existed at Thomastown (Merthyr) and Aberdare have now been cleared and no others are known to survive.

D.K.Leighton, RCAHMW, 5 October 2005.

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