The plinth within the nave of Talley Abbey

In a previous post I mentioned the memorial to the burials discovered during the clearance of the ruins of Talley Abbey (Carmarthenshire) in the 1950s and reburied to the north-east of the abbey’s nave. This has no plaque, no reference in the established literature including the Cadw guide book. This is therefore a prominent but ‘forgotten’ memorial act. I have it on good authority this is a mid-20th-century stone plinth to the reburied medieval dead.

The 1950s plinth commemorating the reburial of medieval dead whose bones were found in the rubble during the clearance of the ruins,
The plinth and the 1930s cenotaph to the Edwinsford family

It is not alone. Just to its west is another kind of memorial to the medieval dead: a grave-slab commemorating all members of the same family buried at the location, erected in the 1930s by a descendent. Perhaps this was the inspiration to the anonymous 1950s plinth.




So at Talley Abbey, we have two examples of 20th-century commemoration of the medieval dead, one through textual remembrance in conventional grave-slab form honouring the same noble family, one an anonymous plinth to the unnamed dead.