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Dispute over historic stone in Llandaff

Apr 2 2009 by Amy Willis, South Wales Echo

OLIVER Cromwell’s historic hitching post is at the centre of a Llandaff pub dispute.

The Llandaff Conservation Group has voiced concern that the plans for the Maltsters Pub could endanger a rock which plays a famous role in Cardiff’s history.

According to the group the 2ft high rock, which sits next to the corner of the pub, was used by Oliver Cromwell to tie up his horse as he passed through South Wales in 1648.

Cromwell famously led the Parliamentary forces in the Civil War and became Lord Protector following the execution of King Charles I.

Kirsty DaviesThe stone’s significance came to light when Brains Brewery, which owns the pub, put in an application to build a new outdoor decking area.

The conservation group submitted a letter to Cardiff council planning department saying the stone must be built around because of its historic links.

Coun Kirsty Davies, chairperson of the conservation group, said: “In Llandaff we are very proud of our heritage. This stone is of historical significance to the area.

“No-one wants to stand in the way of progress for the Maltsters. I am sure a compromise can be reached that benefits both parties.”

Peter Hall, 46, another member of the conservation group, said: “I heard about it when I was a Scout. Cromwell tied his horse to the stone when he came to Llandaff. I am not sure if it is true or not but everyone believes it.”

Michael Hoeg, the assistant organist at Llandaff Cathedral, said Cromwell’s troops stayed in Llandaff Cathedral where they fed their horses from the font.

The Llandaff conservation group now looks likely to get its wish.

A spokesperson for Brains Brewery said: “If it has to be preserved then we will of course go along with this.”

But one local historian believes Oliver Cromwell never set foot in Llandaff.

Dr Crystal Tilney, of Palace Avenue, Llandaff, has written several history books for the area. Dr Tilney said Oliver Cromwell had passed through Cardiff after the battle of St Fagans in May 1648 but she finds it hard to believe he came to Llandaff.

She said: “I have studied Llandaff’s history quite a lot. Cromwell passed through Cardiff eight days after the battle of St Fagans in May 1648. He came with reinforcements but when he arrived the battle had already finished.

“I find it extremely hard to believe he came to Llandaff but he must have stayed somewhere along the way I suppose.”

However, Dr Tilney suggested Oliver Cromwell may still have relatives in Cardiff but they may not know about their link to the historic figure. She said: “He had relations somewhere in the Llanishen area. It was a Williams family I believe. They could still be there or at least in the area.”


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One Response

  1. Jp says:

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