Ystradgynlais & District

History and Heritage

Stained Glass Windows - Memorials

The stained glass windows of Saint Cynog's Church remember people associated with the parish, especially church wardens. These windows must originally have been plain glass, or very simple patterns, but were over time replaced by the impressive displays we see today. We have created a page looking at the individuals remembered upon them.

John Paddock

To the Glory of God & in Loving Memory of John Paddock, Churchwarden 1917-21 and his wife Margaret Alice, also their sons John and Harry


David Callaghan

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of David Callaghan (1897-1951). Also his beloved wife, Lydia Evelina Callaghan (1900-1992)


Elizabeth Ann Thomas

To the Glory of God and in memory of Elizabeth Ann Thomas, Castle Bank. Died 22nd September 1951, aged 81 years. Churchwarden 1937-41 and 1947-51.


Thomas Watkins, J.P.

To the Glory of God and in memory of Thomas Watkins, J.P., Castle Bank, Warden of this Parish 1881-1925. Died 11th September 1925 aged 77 years. The organ and this window were erected by his niece Elizabeth Ann Thomas.


Ivor Bowen Griffiths

Er Gogoniant i Dduw ac er cof am Ivor Bowen Griffiths a'i wraig Lucy Jane.
(To the Glory of God and in memory of Ivor Bowen Griffiths and his wife Lucy Jane)


Llewelyn Thomas

Er Gogoniant i Dduw ac er cof am Llewelyn Thomas, Gwarden Eglwys y Plwyf 1931-1937 a'i wraig Margaret ac hefyd mab Henry
(To the Glory of God and in memory of Llewelyn Thomas, Church Warden of the Parish 1931-1937 and his wife Margaret and as well as [their] son Henry.


Mrs Margaret Thomas
The South Wales Voice newspaper of 3rd June 1939 reported on the death of Mrs Margaret Thomas, and included information about her late husband, Llewelyn Thomas. It mentions their being 3 surviving sons, so the son mentioned on the window, Henry, must have pre-deceased her.


We regret to report the death, which occurred last Thursday, of Mrs Margaret Thomas, widow of Mr Llewelyn Thomas, Tydfil House, Brynawel Road, Ystradgynlais, at the age of 65.
Mrs Thomas passed away at the hone of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs David Williams, Hilltop, Penywern, Ystalyfera, where she was taken after her return from Swansea Hospital some months ago. Deceased was an active worker in the cause at Ystradgynlais Parish Church, and a prominent member of the Mother's union. Her husband, who died in March 1937, was people's warden at the church from 1931 to 1937, and she was elected a member of the Parochial Church Council in recognition of her activities.
She is survived by three sons and a daughter: Mr Edward Thomas, Mr David Pritchard Thomas, Mr Arthur Thomas, who is a clerk with Messrs Alexander and Thomas solicitors, Ystalyfera, and Mrs David Williams.
There was a large and representative gathering at the funeral which took place on White Monday, burial being in Ystradgynlais Churchyard.
The officiating clergy were Revs D Lewis Williams, B.A., rector, Ystradgynlais; Rev J G Hughes, Vicar of Ystalyfera; Rev Dillwyn Pugh, and Rev D G Lloyd Jones, Ystradgynlais. Members of the Mothers Union attended in large numbers at the graveside.

John Brinley Evans

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Group Captain John Brinley Evans, O.B.E., R.A.F. 1909-1970 Rector's Warden 1966-68.
Read more about John Brinley Evans.


Margaret Ellen Cecilia Thomas

In Memory of Margaret Ellen Cecilia Thomas 1920-1973


Dr. Jeffrey Vivian Gibbs

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Dr. Jeffrey Vivian Gibbs, 1961-1989

This window was erected by the family, after Dr. Jeffrey Vivian Gibbs died in the Marchioness Disaster


Fleming R.D.A. Gough & Cecil Clare Gough

To the Glory of God and in memory of
of Yniscedwyn 1855-1933
and of his wife CECIL CLARE 1953-1936

Photographs of the Gough memorial window, behind the main altar in Saint Cynog's Church, can be seen In the Gough family section of our website.

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