NEWS

New Bell Tower Gates -15 August 2017

Visitors may have noticed the brand new Bell-tower gates added to the centre of the Tower. They nicely match the gates to the Cemtery on Richmond Road. A plaque to the donors has also been erected on the bell-tower wall.


Battle of Passchendaele 1917 -15 August 2017

We have searched the Memorials in Cathays Cemtery to find commemoration of the fallen of the Battle of Passchendaele. We have managed to locate two to date; Firstly, above Major John Angel Gibbs DSQ of the 9th Welsh Regiment, who died at the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge on 30 September (Plot No. M 461/M 482) and Secondly, Frederick Jukes, who was killed on 20th September 1917 at Hollebeke (Plot No. VL7).


Green Flag Award -25 July 2017

We are pleased to announce that Cathays Cemetery has been awarded the Green Flag Award for the Seventh year running. Congratulations to all those involved, a lot of hard work has gone in to achieveing this prestigious award.


Repaired Chapel Sign -25 June 2017

Some may have noticed that the sign outside the Chapels had been removed. It is now back, cleaned and fully restored, with additional QR code. The repairs were very kindly carried out by Mossfords.


Heritage Trail and Tales - 13 June 2017

A Bereavement Services event with the University of South Wales Arts and Drama students is now an eagerly awaiting annual event. A varied selection of events and people buried in the Cemetery were portrayed and their story told in an absorbingly different manner by the students. The very successful rendition was followed by Refreshments in the Chapel on a gloriously sunny evening.

The tremendous "Wonderbrass" provided the musical accompaniment.


Midsummer Guided Heritage Walk - 6 June 2017

Our very own, Gordon Hindess presented an excellent evenings entertainment with the Midsummer Guided Heritage Walk. New stories were added for the likes of Musician Thomas Edgley, Astronomer Arthur Mee, Mystery Lady, Claire Darras and "The Rifleman" William Gerrish. An annual event enjoyed by everyone.


Yellow Rattle in Bloom - 19 May 2017

Just before Christmas, the Friends helped sow the yellow rattle seeds and prepare the ground in Section L. Now its started to come to full bloom and looks gorgeous along with the yellow-flowered Birdsfoot Trefoil.


Fishlock's Choice - 09 May 2017

Watch our Cemetery coverage on Fishlock's Choice: Episode 4 on the Following link:

ITV Wales catch-up

John Farnhill & Ivor Lippett appear on the latest edition of Fishlock's choice, to dicuss aspect of the Cemetery and Cardiff in general.


Cathays Fayre - 02 April 2017

We had some really sunny weather for our first appearance of the year at the Cathays Fayre. Hundreds of people turned out for a Street Fayre organised by St Monica's Church in Wales Primary School.

John Farnhill alongside our display. Ivor Lippett and Paul Jones also attended. Ivor conducted an interesting Cemetery walk and opened up the Chapels.


10th Anniversary Event - 27 November 2016

The cake was made by Capital City Cakes.

Our special day started with the Raising of the Green Flag outside the Chapels.

This was followed by an excellent rendition from the Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir. Superb acoustics in the Chapel perfectly accompanied a fantastic compilation of melodies.

The presentations and celebrations included a highly detailed model of the now demolished Catholic Chapel, donated by Roger Martin to the Friends.

A big thanks to Simon Morgan of Mossfords who kindly supplied the Heritage Lottery banners.

The finale to a great day was provided by Denis Lennon and the cast from the University of Wales, who brought to life some of the stories behind the people buried at the Cemetery.

Many thanks to all the people who participated in the day and made it so special and a true Celebration in our Achievements over the last 10 years.

We must also thank Cardiff Bereavement Services and especially Carmel Thomas for their continued support and guidance, we could not have made the great Advancements without them.


Remembrance Service - 08 November 2016

This years Remembrance Service was organised by Cardiff Bereavement Services and led by Rev Lionel Fanthorpe.

Reading were made by the Ysgol Mynydd Bychan

and by Allensbank Primary School.

The Walking for Health group aided the reading of the names of the Fallen.

The Lord Mayor was also present. As was Cllr Bob Derbyshire, Cabinet Member for Environment, Lt Col Nigel Crewe-Read MBE and representing the Bereavement Services, Martin Birch.


At the Cemetery - 14 October 2016

An unusual high-rise mound of Mushrooms/Fungi found on our weekly walk on Tuesday last.


Transcription of the Burial Registers - 9 October 2016

The Friends proudly announce the completion of the transcription of the first volume of the Cathays Cemetery Burial Records covering St John's and St Andrew's parish for the period 10 Jul 1859 to 14 Jan 1886. Further updates will be posted as they are completed.

The files can be found at the bottom of the Burial Registers page.


Friends 10th Anniversary Year & Heritage Lottery Funding - 5 October 2016

The Friends of Cathays Cemetery are very pleased to announce that they have been allocated funds from the National Lottery. The monies will be used to produce a new book entitled : Hidden Histories Tales from Cathays Cemetery and is planned to be launched at an Event to be held in November. This will coincide with the Friends' 10th Anniversary.


New Side Gates at Fairoak Road Entrance - 5 October 2016

The Bereavement Services latest impressive renovation to the Chapels is the brand new side gates. We congratulate the Bereavement Services for the splendid work they have achieved. Meanwhile, scaffolding is in place for the continuing renovation of the Central Belltower which is expected to be completed in the next 4 weeks.


Living Memory Event - 19 July 2016

The Last Post was played simultaneously at the graves of two men buried in Wales who died from wounds sustained during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. The special commemoration, which was performed at Cathays by Katharine Lane, was played ahead of a Somme Commemorative event by the Welsh Proms. The touching graveside tribute is part of the CWGCs Living Memory Project, which was launched across the UK to remember the forgotten front. One of the graves is that of Lewington George Davis, 44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, who died aged 17 and is buried in the Upper Cemetery at Cathays.

Link to full report: Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Damsel Flies Mating in the Conservation Area - 10 July 2016

Just to prove the Conservation areas are working.

Creeping cinqfoil.

Even the red clover looks smart!


Caterpiller of the Cinnabar Moth - 7 July 2016


Spotted the Caterpillers yesterday evening, feeding on the Ragwort in the Conservation area.


National Federation of Cemetery Friends - Newbury - 11 June 2016


Our Chair, Paul Jones, represented us at the annual NFCF event held at Newbury at the weekend. It was well attended by over 15 Friends groups and the Mayor of Newbury (on the left) introduced the day.


Trails & Tails - 7 & 14 June 2016


Another fantastic performance by the cast from the University of South Wales, covering some of the more well-known "residents" of the Cemetery.


A Second Foxglove Tree - 5 January 2016


Kindly donated by Gordon Hindess, the new tree was grown from seeds taken from the original tree. It was planted by the Bereavment Services just before Christmas.


First Primrose of 2016 - 5 January 2016


The unusual weather conditions and mild climate has certainly affected the fauna in the Cemetery.


Walking for Health - 15 December 2015


A photo taken today by Annie of the Walking for Health group in the Cemetery. Why not come and join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:30. We meet at the rear of Cathays Library - no charge.


Renovation of the Chapels - 13 December 2015


Due to the success of the "Crowd-funding" event undertaken by Bereavement Services, renovation has restarted with the inside of the Non-conformist chapel. It is hoped that a gas supply will be added for heating. Work is expected to continue until February 2016, when the Chapels will be again used for Burial services and other occassions. The Conformist Chapel is planned to be used as an information centre.


Made in Cardiff - 13 December 2015


Roger Swan has been on Made in Cardiff again. You can watch it online, it’s 5.15 minutes into Part 1 of ‘Hello Cardiff’ 9.30 edition 09/12/15.

Made in Cardiff


Graveyard Voices - 13 December 2015


The Graveyard Voices podcasts are now available on our web page Podcasts or via the link:

The Graveyard Voices ITunes


Graveyard Voices - 13 November 2015


An excellent introduction to the stories behind the people buried in Cathays, performed by the students from the University of South Wales and Wonderbrass.


Remembrance Service - 10 November 2015

The unveiling of a new monument to Company Sergeant Major Frederick Barter VC by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff , the Right Honourable David Walker, took place today.


Wreaths were laid at the Cross of Sacrifice
Capt Nathan Chronik represents the 3rd Batt The Royal Welsh
Allensbank Primary School & Ysgol Mynydd Bychan also took part.
Along with the Walking for Health Group
and we may be on "Made in Cardiff" TV programme tonight

Rev Lionel Fanthorpe conducted the Service, Mossford Ltd kindly provided the memorial base for the plaque.

Waxcaps in the Cemetery - October 2015


Waxcap fungi found in Section I of the Cemetery over the Weekend of 25th October.

In Europe, waxcap grasslands and their associated fungi are of conservation concern, since unimproved grasslands (formerly commonplace) have declined dramatically as a result of changes in agricultural practice. As a result, by 1993, 89% of European Hygrocybe species appeared on one or more national red lists of threatened fungi. In several countries, action has been taken to conserve waxcap grasslands and some of the rarer Hygrocybe species. In the United Kingdom, some grasslands have gained a measure of legal protection as Sites of Special Scientific Interest because of their waxcap interest.

Source: Wikipedia


Appeal hits £25,000 - October 2015


Our Appeal for funds for the Restoration of Cathays Cemetery Chapels has now reached over £25,000. But we still need you help.

See this link for more Details.


National Museum of Wales Exhibition in Cathays Civic Centre - October 2015


Thomas Henry Thomas (Artist) has recently been discovered as being buried in Cathays Cemetery in Section M (See People Listing).

You may like to know that there is currently an exhibition at the National Museum of Wales entitled "Thomas Henry Thomas (1839-1915) in Focus" on 29 September 2015–22 May 2016 Cost:Free. See this link for more Details.


The New Wild Flower Garden - August 2015


Some may have noticed the new Wild Flower garden on Fairoak Road. The roundabout near the Chapels has now been turfed over.


Poppies at the War Graves - August 2015


The poppies planted in the New Cemetery are now at their best. A fitting tribute to our CWGC site.


An Evening of Elizabethan Music - 16th July 2015


The Friends would like to thank everyone who helped make the Inaugrual Charity Concert, held in the Non-Conformist Chapel, a fantastic success on Thursday the 16th July. Nearly 50 people turned out to be treated to a performance by Alison Dite and Jeremy Kinglake-Jones on two Lutes. Alison had had a freak horse-riding accident back in 2013 and had used the Cemetery as an integral part in her rehabilitation programme for daily walks. To complete an excellent performance we were treated to a novel piece of lute-playing involving two players upon one lute. To follow, afterwards, wine and nibbles were served in the newly-decorated Anglican Chapel.


Restoration Works at the Cemetery - July 2015


The Bereavement Services and Mossfords have been busy in the Cemetery restoring two prominent memorials. Firstly a statue on the Tinsley memorial was being pushed off its pedestal by tree movement and growth and secondly Mossfords have restored the Sphere back on top of their Memorial near the Central pathway.

Before the Restoration

Also the Angel in plot A1263 has been mended and the fencing taken away from the Burrows grave.


FoCC Midsummer Guided Heritage Walk - 23rd June 2015


Gordon Hindress leads another outstanding annual Mid-summer tour of our recent discoveries around the Cemetery in the brillant sunshine. This year's highlights included James Howell, John Cory, the Quetta Earthquake, William Harpur, James Mullin and the Count de Lucovich.


Wembdon Road Cemetery Bridgwater visits Cathays - June 2015


20th June saw the visit of the Friends group from Bridgwater in Somerset. A group with very similar interest to ourselves. They have recently successfully undertaken a terrific job in restoring the Wembdon Road Cemetery back to its former glory.


Trails & Tales - Bringing the Past to Life - June 2015


The Bereavement Services have proudly presented their Trails & Tales Night in conjunction with Actors from the University of South Wales - a really excellent night out and an amusing compilation of biographies of the personalties buried in the Cemetery. We can recommend this to all age groups.


New Flooring Installed in the Chapels - June 2015


The New oak Flooring has now been installed in the Conformist Chapel - Really Smart!


49th Scouts Group Visit to Cathays Cemetery - 8 June 2015


Today we welcomed a visit of 15 scouts from the 49th Scouts Group who undertook some exercises at the Cemetery towards their Scout badges.


Green Flag Award Sign - June 2015


A new Green Flag sign appears at the Cemetery to further indicate our prestigious Award.


Cardiff Story Exhibition - June 2015


The Friends are hosting an exhibition on the Cemetery at the Cardiff Story in the Hayes from 1 June to the end of August. Entry is free.


Tulip Tree Flowers - June 2015


The Tulip Tree is now in full blossom.


Cardiff Walking Festival - May 2015


Today, Tuesday 12th May, S4C were covering our Walk at the Cemetery. It is hoped to be aired at 7PM on Thursday 14th May.


Wales Remembers the Irish Great Hunger 1845-1851 - May 2015


As part of the Global Irish Great Hunger Commemorations, events have taken place in Nova Scotia, Liverpool, Boston, Sydney, New York, Dublin and for the first time in Belfast. Cardiff was also selected to take part.

Speaking to Mr John Sweeney, retired Chairman Wales Famine Forum, he said his family came to Cardiff in 1847 and his relatives are buried in Section C of Cathays Cemetery.

The Ceremony lasted about 45 minutes and comprised of Irish music and readings from articles on the Famine and the Irish community in Wales.

A booklet of the Event may be found here: Irish Great Hunger


Blossom - May 2015


The Foxglove tree looks beautiful at this time of year. And so does the Laburnum trees, if you search for them.


100 Years - April 2015


I came across this non-standard commonwealth wargrave this week, quite appropriate as its the 100th anniversary of his death and only 17.

A local boy from Theodora Street, Roath.


The First Bluebells - 14 April 2015


The Sunshine seems to have brought on the First Bluebells to be seen in the Cemetery this year.

and the odd Jay.

and the usual blossom.


New Pews for the Chapels - April 2015


The Friends of Cathays Cemetery are proud to announce the purchase of 10 Victorian Pews from St. Catwg's, Pentyrch. This continues the renovation process at the Chapels undertaken by the Friends and the Bereavement Services.

Unfortunately the original pews in the Chapels were beyond restoration.


The Primroses are Out - April 2015



Shakespeare Comes to the Cemetery - March 2015


Today, Monday 9th March 2015 we were treated to "Selections from Shakespeare" at Cathays Cemetery.

The Drama & Theatre Students from the University of South Wales, Cardiff, presented a collection of different scenes of promenade/walk-through performances from a handful of William Sharepeare's most famous plays.

Each scene was performed by Drama & Theatre students in their second and third year of study at the University of South Wales, Cardiff Atrium campus.

The very entertaining and high-standard extracts were taken from Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth & Hamlet.


Remembrance Day 2014


A service was held by the Cross of Sacrifice next to the World War 1 graves in the Upper Cemetery.

Wreaths were laid by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Capt. James Marden on behalf of the 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh, Ivor Lippett on behalf of the Friends of Cathays Cemetery and the Walking for Health Group, Mrs Wilson from Allensbank Primary School on behalf of all children from Cardiff's schools and Mr Martin Birch, Operational Manager Bereavement Services on behalf of all employees of City of Cardiff Council.

The service was conducted by Rev Lionel Fanthorpe.

A roll of honour was read out by the school-children and the Walking Group to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.


New Finds - September 2014


The Friends have been busy on research recently and have found a number of notable people's graves in the Cemetery.

Firstly Ephraim Turner, founder of E Turner & Co, the company that built most of Cardiff's Civic Buildings. The original monument was removed during the lawn conversion in the 1970s. Unfortunately the replacement gravestone has toppled over, but Bereavement Services hope to have it erected back to upright very shortly.

Mr James Howell, one of the richest men in Cardiff and founder of the Departmental Store. Hidden under a dense layer of foliage for many years and unreadable.

Mary Andrews, first wife of Soloman Andrews, builder of the covered market in Cardiff High Street.

William Frame, architect of the Animal wall at Cardiff Castle.

and William Harpur, surveyor of Roath and Victoria Parks.

Both Photos by Kind permission, Mark of: https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0144002/photos/roath_park_mark/


Green Flag Award 2014-15 - July 2014


Alan Staniforth, Bereavements Services, and Paul Nicholson, Chairman of the Friends of Cathays Cemetery, today, Wednesday 30th July, received the Green Flag Award on behalf of the Cemetery.


Mid-Summer Heritage Walk - June 2014


Over 57 people turned out for a gloriously sunny evening to be treated to the Friends Mid-Summer Walk led by Gordon Hindess.


Wild Flowers & Poppies - June 2014


The Wild flowers are now in full bloom and this fantastic display is the result of last years seed planting.


Bill Mosley - March 2014


Sadly, we have to report that our chairman, Bill Mosley, died suddenly, and completely unexpectedly, on Saturday 15th March. He had only just been elected to his third term of office at the end of January and had continued to be committed to Friends' activities. One of his last tasks was to put the final touches to the current edition of “Not So Grave News” which was ready to be issued.

Bill was a very hands on Chairman and will be sorely missed. To those who knew him well, he was not just a member of the Friends, he was a good personal friend.


Progress on the Work on the Chapels - March 2014


The Tuesday morning walking group investigates the inside of the chapel.

The templates being made for the window panes.

Works progresses on the Non-Conformist Chapel.


Burial Plot Maps - March 2014


The plot maps to the Old and New Cemeteries are now available under The Cemetery Tab above.

Some maps are now available in colour with the paths laid out for easier identification. More to follow.


Work well under way on the Chapels - March 2014


Work has started on the two chapels in the Cemetery with a completion date of the end of March 2014.

Both Chapels will have "floating" floors, heating, lighting, water and rendered walls. There will also be disabled access. Windows are being replaced with anti-vandalism perpex as the originals were made of clear glass.


Cathays Cemetery raises the Green Flag - 22th October 2013


Cathays Cemetery were again awarded the prestigious Green Flag award that entitles them to fly the Green Flag over the site for the next year.

A full report is given on the Cardiff Bereavement Website at:

Cardiff Council


Senghenydd Colliery Disaster - Walk 15th October 2013

Photo by David Singleton

October 14th 2013 saw the 100th anniversary of the Sengheydd Mining Disaster and the Friends lead a walk on the Tuesday after to commemorate the 9 or so miners who are buried in Cathays Cemetery. The walk was lead by Gordon Hindess and included his latest research on the subject. The Bereavements Services specially marked and indicated the graves for the occassion.


Photo by Gordon Hindess

The Rowans in Full Blossom - September 2013

The Wildflower Garden - In front of the Chapels

Some Trees to Look out for - June 2013

Farges' Catalpas (Bean Tree) Farges' Catalpas Blossom
Golden Fruited Rowan Golden Fruited Rowan Berries

Commonwealth war graves information signs

Two brand new information panels have been installed in the New Cemetery next to the Cross of Sacrifice.


Spring is here at last

The Primroses and Wild Anemones are now in abundance at the Cemetery. A yellow carpet of Primroses can be enjoyed in many sections.


Commonwealth war graves: 8,000 Wales plots signposted

Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff will have more in-depth historical information signs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-21831333


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Family visit grave of tragic Victorian balloonist

Relatives of Louisa Maud Evans (left to right) Stephanie Williams, Frances Tripp and Lynda Channing lay flowers at her grave in Cathays Cemetery.

The relatives of a teenage girl killed in a tragic ballooning accident during the Cardiff Exhibition of 1896 have visited her city grave for the first time.

Fourteen-year-old Louisa Maud Evans ascended in a balloon in a crowd pleasing stunt that was part of the Exhibition, intending to descend by parachute.

But Louisa, who had given herself the stage name Mademoiselle Albertina, had never attempted the stunt before, and when she went up in the balloon on July 21, she was blown into the Bristol Channel by the wind.

She was seen jumping from the balloon and landing in the water, but her body was found near Nash in Newport three days later.

A newspaper report into her inquest said she had told aeronaut Auguste Gaudron she was 20-years-old, and an experienced gymnast. The coroner recorded a verdict of "accidentally drowned".

She was buried in Cathays Cemetery, and the people of Cardiff were so moved by what happened to her that a memorial stone was bought for her by public subscription.

Louisa's story has been told many times over the last 116 years, but in the last two months the Friends of Cathays Cemetery were contacted by three of Louisa's ancestors, who came to Cardiff to visit her grave for the first time today.

Sisters Stephanie Williams, 63, and Lynda Channing, 60, both from Bristol, are the great nieces of Louisa Maud Evans, but only discovered her story two months ago when they began to look deeper into a mysterious family story, and found that their grandfather Albert Stephen Baker, was Louisa's half brother.

Stephanie said: "Our older sister Shirley told a story that was told by our grandfather, and said when she was talking to him he got upset about a ballooning accident. He said his young sister was killed in a ballooning accident in Cardiff, but we never really knew any more. In later years, we thought more about it, and it was not until we found the Friends of Cathays Cemetery website that it all became clear."

The sisters and their cousin Frances Tripp were greeted by the Friends of Cathays Cemetery for their visit today and left flowers at Louisa's grave, but they also revealed that the teenager was not the only family member to have an exotic past with travelling shows and the circus.

Other family members with unusual professions included Caroline Butcher - the sister of Louisa's adoptive mother Mary Crinks - who was a famous tight rope walker in the 1860s.

Stephanie and Lynda also remembered their father fondly referring to "Great Aunt Lizzie the lion tamer", who was married to William Kayes - also known as Buff Bill - a knife thrower and sharp-shooter. Censuses also list family members' occupations as acrobats and comedians.

But yesterday's visit, said the family, was made on behalf of Stephanie and Lynda's grandfather - and to remember Louisa.

"She was loved," said Lynda. "Our grandfather did love her, he made that clear and he was very sad when she was killed. We never knew her, but it's part of our family history, and we probably would've known her if she'd lived. We can show we still care after all these years."

http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/author/jessica-best