We’ve long been intrigued by the grand Baroque monument of 1670, to one ‘Hugo Williams’, in our church at Llantrisant. Is it because this is the hardest of all our churches to find, accessible only by foot, literally tucked away in the bushes on the edge of a field?  Or is it the fact that when you finally find Llantrisant, this ancient church is the simplest of spaces – looking almost like a house, but with box pews, stone floor and pulpit inside.

In our latest Year of Discovery blog we explore the story of one of Llantrisant’s most famous sons – William Williams; sometime speaker of the House of Commons, and known as ‘the Arch-Trimmer’ for his support of James II.  William was born in the parish in 1634, and this elaborate monument was erected to his father.  Read more on William Williams of Llantrisant. 

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