Ystradgynlais History

The Gough family of Ystradgynlais

Local Landowners and Patrons



The above is a view of one of the Gough family graves in Saint Cynog's church cemetery, Ystradgynlais.

The inscription above the door of Saint Cynog's church hall says that it was built by Mrs Cecil Clare Gough in memory of her husband, Colonel Fleming Richard Dansy Aubrey Gough. He had died in 1933, the church hall was built in 1935, and Mrs Gough died at the end of 1936.

The demolition of Water Street after the great flood, and question of what to do with the leased land that formed the Square in Ystradgynlais saw complex legalities involving Colonel Gough, the town council, the trustees of Sardis Chapel, and the owners of the houses being demolished.

The foundation stone of Tabernacl, Ystradgynlais was laid by Mrs Fleming Gough in July 1890. As can be seen on the gravestone for Colonel Gough above, his first name was Fleming, rather than it being part of his surname. Thus the foundation stone reflects the practice of calling the wife of a husband Mrs, and then the husband's name.

This memorial on the wall in Saint Cynog's Church remembers vicars from the Gough family, including the Reverend Fleming Gough of Ynyscedwyn, Rector of the parish of Ystradgynlais for 35 years who died at Ynyscedwyn the 27th October 1839, aged 79