Grave of great innovator restored

Grave of great innovator restored

The Friends of St Edmund’s Church have restored the grave of a former rector, the Rev Boscawen Somerset who did much to shape both the church and the facilities in the town. The rector served the parish from 1874 until his death in 1893 and inspired the parishioners to give generously towards some important projects that continue to influence life in Crickhowell today.

The Friends of St Edmund’s were led to the idea of restoring the Rev Boscawen’s grave by Eric Gower, a member of today’s congregation. He has been carrying out extensive research into the life and legacy of the rector and was challenged by the fact that the grave of such an important local leader had been allowed to deteriorate so badly.

Eric said “The more I discovered about this man, the more I realised that Crickhowell owes him a great debt. However there was little to inform the average visitor how important his influence was then and is today. The grave with its broken headstone and covering of grass and weeds seemed to suggest that we had forgotten the man who restored the lych gate originally; who founded the town’s library and innovated many other community facilities and who had a profound spiritual impact on many local families.”

Eric will be giving more details of the Rev Boscawen’s life and legacy at a ticketed Church Fundraising Afternoon Tea and Talk at 3.00pm on Saturday 12th October.

Recently several of the Rev Boscawen’s great grandchildren have visited Crickhowell inspired by Eric’s research and the restored grave. They were impressed by the work of restoration that was carried out by John Lawrence, a local retired monumental sculptor. Edward Lock, one of the great grandsons, said “Last time we came we could not find the grave but we would have no difficulty finding it now. It is a fitting tribute to a great man and we are grateful to Eric and the Friends for what they have done for our family.” Visitors will find the grave in the Town Cemetry close to the path that leads down from the newly restored lych gate