Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery Open Day
Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery held an Open Day on Thursday 20th July, from 10.30am until 12.30pm. Visitors were welcomed at the cemetery chapel and had opportunities to learn from staff members and the War Commissioner about the cemetery’s rich history and those buried there.
First opened for burials in 1889, the cemetery’s 134 years of history has witnessed multiple extensions of the grounds and it now spans across 55 acres of land, making it one of Wales’ largest cemeteries. One of its most precious features is the Victorian stone chapel, which stands as a listed building and is one of the Vale of Glamorgan’s County Treasures. While the cemetery grounds are open to visitors 365 days a year, the Open Day offered special insights into its history through talks and tours, as well as public access to view the historical books and grave deeds.
Leader of Barry Town Council, Cllr Bronwen Brooks said: “I am delighted at the turnout of the Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery and Cemetery Approach Community Centre open day, which drew a fantastic number of people from the community to find out about our town’s heritage, services and facilities. This event showcased what Barry Town Council champions within our community, with the recently built community centre available to hire and our historical, Green Flag awarded cemetery.”
The Council’s cemetery records detail all of the burials that have occurred in Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery since the late 1800’s. Also imparting knowledge of the cemetery’s history is local group, Victorian Barry Experience, who provided a free tour, guided by Cllr Nic Hodges.
Cllr Nic Hodges said: “Our Barry Cemetery history walk is designed to offer a fascinating insight into the rich heritage and stories that lie within our cemetery’s grounds. I’d like to thank everyone who joined us on the walk and Barry Town Council for organising the open day.”
Following their visit to the Merthyr Dyfan Cemetery, attendees could head to the Cemetery Approach Community Centre which was be open to showcase the hall’s potential as a space for community groups and private hire events. Members of the public were invited to view the space and facilities, as well as receive support and advice from local businesses and charities.