Yesterday, I explored the Vale of Llangolleen in dismal weather: rain and wind made much of the landscape obscure. I trudged along wet and muddy paths and through ferns and heather, in search of archaeological features.

I didn’t find much, but I did come across this 20th-century memorial and its 21st-century supplement.

The monument was situated on a Panorama path below Trevor Rocks, although at the time the panorama of the Vale and Castell Dinas Brân was imaginary rather than apparent.

The square base and monolith constitute a landscape monument of 19th-century character, but honouring the 20th-century Welsh poet I. D. Hooson, author of Cerddi a Baledi and Y Gwin a Cherddi Fraith. He is honoured both by this memorial and by the name of the primary school in Rhosllannerchrugog to the north-east. The Welsh-only inscription honours him.

The monument marks the path and frames the view. It would make sense if it were inscribed on both sides, since it can be approached in both directions. Instead, it is facing east, like a traditional grave writ large and larger.

It is a simple monument, but I haven’t seen too many parallels. Still, I cannot but wonder whether, like the Plas Madoc pillar, there is an intentional allusion to the Pillar of Eliseg…. I say this not only in terms of crude similarity of arrangement (single upright in base) and spatial proximity (Trevor is only a few kilometres from Valle Crucis and the Pillar), but also because Trevor Lloyd of Trevor Hall re-erected and re-inscribed the Pillar of Eliseg. Framing the Vale, I suspect this is further citation to the iconic Pillar of Eliseg in the 20th century.

I’ve discussed before about how memorials attract further memorials? Well this is another simple example. A memorial bench, simple in form and with no back, simply two legs and a single plank, is positioned close by.