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Monument & memorial of William Williams in churchyard of St Mary's Church
Situated prominently on N side of the church.
Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Red granite memorial erected in 1886-7 for £400 to the Rev William Williams (1717-91), the great hymnodist and preacher, replacing, but reproducing the original inscription from the stone slab which lies flat in front of the memorial. The monument was made by J Rogerson of Liverpool.
Obelisk memorial in red Aberdeen granite. The memorial is of polished granite with incised decoration and some mouldings left unpolished. The obelisk has some incised neo-Grec anthemion ornament around the base and stands on a large pedestal with neo-Grec cross-gabled cap with incised leaf-scroll ornament over frieze with greek key ornament. The shaft is inscribed at the front with a copy of the original inscription to William Williams, and on the side with a copy of the inscriptions to his wife and family.The main inscription reads:
'Sacred to the memory of the Rev William Williams Pant-y-Celyn in this parish author of several works in prose and verse. He waits here the coming of the morning star which shall usher in the glories of the first Resurrection when at the sound of the Archangel trumpet the sleeping dust shall be re-animated and death shall be swallowed up in victory. Born 1711 died Jan 11 1791 aged 74 years'
Verses below written by his son the Rev John Williams : Heb saeth, heb fraw, heb ofid ac heb boen,/ Yn canu o flaen yr orsedd ogonant Duw a'r oen / Yn nghanol myrdd myrddiynau, yn canu holl heb drai, / Yr anthem ydyw cariad, a chariad i barhau'.
The left side has inscriptions to Mrs Mary Williams, his wife, died 1799, and his two sons the Rev William Williams died 1818 and the Rev John Williams died 1828. A kerb of rough granite surrounds a square of concrete on which lies the original headstone with the same inscriptions.
Reason for designation
Included for historical importance as the memorial to one of the great figures of Welsh religious history.
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