The Cribyn Tragedy

You will find the Chapel opposite the old post office on the corner as you drive into the village of Cribyn from Lampeter.  The compact graveyard at the rear is neat and well maintained. The gravestone you seek is still intact and easy to find and it will appear unexceptional to those who do not know. It remembers a father and mother joined in death, along with their son. John had died aged 34. Mary was 47 and Samuel was 22.  And then you will see that Mary and Samuel died on the same day, 29 April 1919. And that is because they died in “a murder of a most revolting nature”, a crime which remains unsolved….

      You can read the full version of this strange and forgotten 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 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

There have been quite a few visitors to this page in recent days. I am sorry that you are not able to read the whole story here on the website! However, what I can do is offer you a discount code which will give you a discount on any purchase, including Grave Tales From Wales, which contains the story of the Cribyn Murders.

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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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