Cefn Golau Cemetery & Tredegar Cholera Cemetery
S P Oldham
Although a bona fide Welsh girl, I am a relative newbie to Tredegar. I took this photograph of Cefn Golau Cemetery on an extremely cold and snowy morning a week or two ago, simply because I thought the place, always interesting, looked eerily beautiful in the muted wintry light, and therefore entirely suitable for my website. The cemetery is literally on the edge of the Brecon Beacons. In fact our purpose of visiting was to put out some vegetables for the wild ponies to come and eat at their leisure - the sheep like to have a nibble too! I fully intend to get up there and have a good look around the graveyard when the weather becomes more amenable.
However, whilst I was checking a few facts in order to make sure what I write here is accurate, I came across some intriguing information about an old Cholera Cemetery that was discovered on the mountain nearby. I had heard a word or two of its existence before, but I had not realised the extent of the site nor the effort made by locals to preserve and commemorate it. There is some interesting information here Tredegar.co.uk - Cholera Cemetery
I would never do anything to knowingly or willingly disrespect the memories of our forebears, but bearing in mind that I have used local history for inspiration before (Hag's Breath - Ice House Belle) I thought this was a very clear example of how local history and knowledge can be so very inspiring and such rich fodder to the imagination. Another local treasure which sits very literally just behind my back garden wall is The Preaching Stone, which I have discussed in a previous blog post.
There is intrigue, history, imagination and most of all there are stories, all around us, just waiting to be told...