National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Dewi Emrys Memorial


Type Marker

     Upright stone resting on square stone base, both with bronze inscriptions plates. Memorial is set on square stone plinth.
          David Emrys James (Dewi Emrys 1881-1952) was born at New Quay in Cardiganshire but was brought up at Rhosycaerau, Pembrokeshire.His first job was in journalism but he later studied at the Presbyterian College in Carmarthen and became an Independent minister, holding pastorates at Dowlais, Buckley, Pontypridd and in London. He returned to journalism in 1918 remaining in London but returned to Wales in 1940 and settled at Talgarreg, Cardiganshire. He is buried in the graveyard of Pisgah chapel. He won the Crown at the National Eisteddfod in 1926 and the Chair on four occasions between 1929 and 1948. Two volumes of his Welsh verse appeared during his lifetime, Y Cwm Unig (1929) and Cerddi'r Bwthyn in 1950. A commemorative collection, Wedi Storom, was published in 1965. He published a volume of poems in English, as David James, in 1928 entitled Rhymes of the Road. His most famous poem is Pwllderi, written in the Welsh dialect of northern Pembrokeshire and it is a couplet from this poem that is inscribed on the memorial stone.


Raised letters on bronze plate on upper front face of stone: DEWI EMRYS / 1879-1952 Raised letters on bronze plate on lower front face of stone: A THINA'R MEDDILIE SY'N DWAD ICHI / PAN FOCH CHI'N ISHTE UWCHBEN PWLLDERI (Trans. And these are the thoughts that come to you / When you sit above Pwllderi)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
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Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Memorial Stone and metal 220cm high
Base Stone and metal 160cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Coastal path
Precise location On the coastal path above Pwllderi (off A487 north via St. Nicholas)
A-Z ref
OS ref SM894385
Date of design
Year of unveiling
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by
Duty of care
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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