Rebecca Uphill – Laugharne 1850

The Unquiet Graves of Laugharne.

It all started when they decided to exhume the pig, but we shall come to that in a moment.
     This story time takes us back to Brixton Farm near Laugharne in Carmarthenshire in 1850. The farm is still there, a grade 2 listed building, and in 1850 the tenants were Thomas and Mary Ann Severne who managed a busy farm with a small clutch of domestic servants. One of them was Rebecca Uphill and she is buried in the beautifully remote church of St Odoceus in Llandawke, at the top of the narrow lanes above Laugharne .

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      This forgotten story features in my new book, Grave Tales of Wales, which was published by Cambria in the summer of 2021. The book explores the stories represented by thirty gravestones from across the whole of Wales, from Anglesey to Cardiff, from Llangrannog to Newport.
The stories are about the surprising lives of the people who still lie beneath those stones, who still lie beneath your feet, and who still have something to say.
There are stories of anguish and sorrow, stories of courage and achievement and these tales from the past that can still speak to us today. There are great events here – the Titanic, the sinking of  The Royal Charter, the execution of a King, the exploration of the Antarctic  – but there are also terrible murders and tragic deaths.

Through these graves you can explore fascinating and sometimes unexpected stories from Welsh History
The book is 190 pages long and is illustrated throughout with full colour photographs

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