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  People who died there

In the churchyard at Oystermouth [ Mumbles] is the grave of Thomas Bowdler [d.1825], who, in 1818, published an edition of Shakespeare specially prepared for the use of boys and girls and thus became the father of all who "bowdlerize" a literary work.
The term "bowdlerize" means to expurgate , specifically  in this case to remove objectionable  material from a book.

Not far from Oystermouth is Caswell Bay, the home for the last months of her life of Frances Ridley Havergal.

[Based on the Ward Lock Guide Book [Cardiff and South Wales],1928-29. Gareth Hicks 1.6.2000 G]

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At the top of Caswell hill is 'Havergal', a house named after Frances Ridley HAVERGAL, the hymnwriter, who spent her last years there, 1878-1879. A plaque on the garden wall commemorates her.

[Based on The Story of the Village of Mumbles', G Gabb,  1986 . Diana Davies, 2.6.2000]

The chancel [of St. Peter's Newton] was built to honour the memory of Frances Ridley HAVERGAL (d.1879) who lived nearby. She was an assiduous church worker and contributed seven hymns to Hymns Ancient and Modern (nos. 186, 203, 212, 259, 307, 356, and 485)

[From A History of All Saints' Church Oystermouth by Geoffrey R. Orrin and Dr. F.G. Cowley. First impression 1990. ISBN 0 86383 705 0. Diana Davies 8 June 2000 G]

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I have an interesting full-page article from the "Christian Herald" of 25th October 1984 called "The Singer of the Sanctuary". I cut it out and kept it then as, many years before, there was in the possession of the family a black-edged memorial card, now unfortunately lost, for Frances Ridley Havergal. There was some religious connection between this famous hymnwriter and my great grandfather when they attended churches on Gower.

Frances Ridley Havergal was born at Astley, Worcs on 14 December 1836 and she died on 3rd June 1879 at Park Villa, Mumbles, where she had lived since October the previous year. She was buried on 9th June at Astley, near Bewdley, Worcs in the family grave.

Fanny, as Frances was known, was the daughter of Canon Havergal, rector at Astley, the first modern authority on ecclesiastical music and psalmody, who refused the Professorial Chair of Music at Oxford University as he was so devoted to the ministry of the Gospel. She was known to be a good linguist, fluent in French and German as well as reading Greek. She had a beautiful singing voice and wrote religious poems and hymns which were printed and circulated widely.

Her best-known hymn is probably the one that begins:-

"Take my life, and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to Thee".

She held a temperance meeting with sailors and village people in Mumbles on 17th May, but caught a chill there which later led to inflammation of the lungs and death.

[Mary Jane Stephenson 2.6.2000 G]

Murder most foul

Speaking of Oystermouth Churchyard and Inquest records, I bet not everyone knows this either:

2nd July 1734 John Maddocks and his wife of the Elms were murdered by their son, John, 'in a dredfull manner'.

[Diana Davies 2.6.2000]

Victorian stinks

"Victorian Mumbles was attractive - from a distance. Some of the household rubbish was collected by David ELEY who had a butcher's shop in the Dunns.

All he did was to put offal, blood and refuse in a pit on the beach, so that when the tide was low and the sun was hot.....

Nobody minded dumping rubbish along the shore and those drains that existed did not take sewage far out on to the beach. The M.O.H. often had to spread disinfectant to reduce what he called the 'stinks'. "

From: The Story of the Village of Mumbles by Gerald Gabb M.A. [1986]

[Diana Davies 12 May 2001]






From the Maybery papers at the NLW;

The journal or day book records shows details of  coals sold from Thomas Mansel Talbot's land at Llanmorlais in 1768 to the following ; David Williams of Landeloi, Sam Morris of Lanmorlais. The records also show that "money arising" on 30 weys of coal, at 8/6 per wey, was 12.15.0, this covered the period 7th August 1767 to 30 Sept 1769, not necessarily all to the above two men since the names are only a part extract from the records.

Similar records exist for "coal sold from under John Lucas Esq . Land at Llanmorlais" around this period

[Based on "Accounting, Costing and Cost Estimation[Welsh Industry 1700-1830]" by Haydn Jones 1985, Gareth Hicks  14  June 2000 G]