Debbie’s father Cliff and I had a favourite pub whenever we went out together in Wales for a beer (or two) called “Y Pant Cad Ifor“, which I have always pronounced dear readers as “The Pant Cadiver”!
So when Debbie and I ventured out to Merthyr Tydfil for a nostalgic trip down memory lane earlier this week it only seemed natural that we should have lunch there and maybe bump into Rose S’s sister, Jennifer, who manages there.
As luck would have it, I managed a parking space right outside the front door in the Land Rover and Jenny was serving behind the bar as we walked in!
Pant means “hollow” so Pant Cad Ifor means Cad Ifor’s hollow, but since Cad is the name for battle some people claim that this could be the place where the famous Welsh hero Ivor Bach had a battle in 1158. Ifor, who rebelled against English rule, is reputed to be buried in this area near to the inn, although Pant Cemetery opposite the inn was opened only in 1849.
Just before we’d gone for lunch Debbie & I visited this cemetery to try and find her maternal grandmother’s grave again. We’d seen the location many years before which was not easy to find as it was unmarked due to some long forgotten mistake over the correct burial number. Debbie was very close to May as she was known and we intend to put this mistake right and make sure she is properly remembered with a gravestone sometime in 2016.
May’s full name was Jemima Carpenter and she was buried on the 17th September 1980, originally under burial number 26450, subsequently corrected to 40685. We knew from a certificate (number 7103) that Glenys (Debbie’s mother) kept, that the grave number was E2/61. We’d had official help to find the plot on our previous visit nearly seventeen years previously, but this time there was no-one around to ask due to council cutbacks and unlike Oxford (see previous post) there was no plan posted for the cemetery nor a number to call.
Amazingly as we were about to give up I asked a gardener who’d just arrived if he could help locate the grave who alas shook his head, but who suggested we speak to a local old man standing outside his house opposite the entrance gate for advice. His name was Rhyddian and much to my amazement when he heard of our predicament invited both Debbie and I into his front room while he called the council on 01685 725000 for advice! After numerous attempt to get through we finally spoke to someone knowledgable who gave the following instructions “drive in through the front gate, all the way in on the left hand side road, take the second right and E2/61 would be on the left.
Thanking the gent profusely we followed the instructions and a short while later found ourselves in the right position and I marked it with the stick I found lying nearby. Despite the instructions the location still wasn’t that easy to find, so I took these photos to remind us how to find it and hopefully before long there will be something more formal placed there to her memory and allow us to pay our respects properly.