The Church Monuments Society study weekend in Breconshire was both informative and fun – as good study weekends should be. Heather James has kindly promised a full report for the CMS Newsletter: meanwhile here are some photos.
Lectures in the morning looked mainly at Welsh commemorative poetry. Here we are in the Cathedral deciphering one of the poems that Gwen Awbery talked about
(photo: Heather James)
The poem reads
Cofia DDyn wrth fyned heibio; Fel ty, di y finau fuo
Fel r’wyf fi tithau ddeui. Ystyr hyn mae marw wnadi
(This is the Welsh equivalent of
Remember man as you pass by
As you are so once was I
As I am so you will be
Remember Death will come to thee
but Gwen Awbery suggests that English and Welsh variants developed separately from the Latin original.)
And here we are discussing the absence of animals under the feet of post-Reformation effigies
(photo Heather James again)
Brecon has a magnificent collection of those idiosyncratic post-Reformation cross slabs: Paul Jones’s photos
Sunday was a bit more free-form: the main focus was the brightly-coloured wall memorials of the Brute family of masons at Llangattock, Partrishow and Cwm-iou
(Paul Jones’s photos again)
and this slightly different one at Llanthony.
Heather James’s photo: she wonders if the angel at the top, sounding the Last Trump, is a play on the name Trumper?
More on the Sunday field trip at https://welshtombs.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/brecon-study-weekend-2/ .