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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.

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The 1950s plinth commemorating the reburial of medieval dead whose bones were found in the rubble during the clearance of the ruins,
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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.

 

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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.

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