This is the story of Ann Maddocks, the Maid of Cefn Ydfa, her forlorn love for the bard Wil Hopcyn remembered forever in a folk song we all know so well.
You can read the full story in my new book Grave Tales from Wales. There are details below about how to buy a copy
William and Catherine Thomas had two children, a son who died in infancy and a daughter Ann. When William died unexpectedly in 1706, three year old Ann suddenly became a desirable heiress…
You can read the rest of this famous story in my new book, Grave Tales of Wales, which was published by Cambria in July 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 grave of Wil Hopkyn is amongst the most notable.
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The RRP is £15 but I am selling them here on the website for £12.50, to include delivery and packing
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In the book you will find the complete version of the Maid of Cefn Ydfa as well as 29 other unexpected stories.
If you would like a copy of the book, until 30 September 2021 I have a special offer available.
Just type in the discount code MAID when prompted in the Shopping Cart and you will receive a 10% discount on any purchase. All prices of course include packing and postage
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 188 pages long and is illustrated throughout with full colour photographs
Here is a sample from the book, in which I narrate the story of the Robber’s Grave in Montgomery, Powys