Recently the historian, Dan Snow, presented a documentary about his famous ancestor, David Lloyd George, who was British Prime Minister from 1916-1922.  What interests me about him is that he grew up near Criccieth in North Wales, which is not far from where I was raised in Anglesey.  So on my last visit to stay with my parents, I asked to go and visit Lloyd George’s grave, as you do!

This man was a world leader, a statesman, yet he chose to be buried near his childhood home, overlooking the River Dwyfor.  Lloyd George was hugely ambitious and rose to the highest echelons of power; but he was also a womaniser, and made an ill-judged visit to meet Hitler in the 1930s.  He quietly slipped away from public view towards the end of his career.

He may have been a divisive and controversial political figure, but I think it says a lot about him that he chose to be buried in North Wales, in such a pretty setting, with an uninscribed boulder to mark his final resting place when he died in 1945.  

The monument and plaques were subsequently built in 1963.  I think it makes a perfect tribute to the man known as the Welsh Wizard, the only Welsh Prime Minister which the UK has ever had.  It’s difficult for me not to be interested in a man who grew up so close to my own home, and went on to lead the British through the Great War.

Have you ever visited a famous grave? Graveyard tourism is totally a thing, btw.

  • I had no idea there is a name for this: graveyard tourism. I like the idea, but I didn’t spent time actually visiting the graves. I went to a cemetery in Port Sunlight to see the graves of Leverhulme, the founder of Unilever. From what I read about him in the museum, I was very intrigued. Very interesting post.

  • Lifethrough Tsg

    I’m not gonna lie, graveyards freak me out MASSIVELY. I cannot enter one without having a panic attack, it’s just not for me. However, I think this is a lovely idea. I love that you’ve admitted the good and bad about him and I think this post is really interesting.
    Hayley X

  • When I went to Paris, I visited Pere Lachaise, which is supposed to be the most visited cemetery in the world. There are a few famous people buried there, which I think is probably the main attraction, but it’s also a weirdly beautiful place too.

  • Food & Baker

    This is not something we have done nor thought about doing so but that’s probably because I’m terrified but it sounds really interesting!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  • It’s an acquired taste!

  • That sounds really interesting. When I was in Paris I was gobsmacked by Napoleon’s opulent tomb and memorial.

  • Thanks Hayley! Graveyards definitely aren’t for everyone.

  • Maybe I should do a post on all of the famous graves I’ve visited as a graveyard tourist! That sounds interesting, you were a graveyard tourist without knowing it. There will be more history posts coming up on the blog (without graves too, I promise).

  • I remember learning a bit about Lloyd George in GCSE History, but I can’t remember very much about him. This post refreshed my memory! It really does look like a beautiful resting place, and it’s nice to know that out of anywhere in the world, he chose his hometown!

  • Yes I think it was a lovely decision, glad to have refreshed your memory!

  • I did my History BA dissertation on the bardic propaganda connecting Owen Glyndwr to King Arthur or the lost king of prophecy to unite all native Britons together, since they put that title on Glyndwr…well….I listed a few other examples…and apparently many Welshmen half-seriously said that was Lloyd George since he was a Welshman who led and united Britain during a world war.

  • Uh… ok….I know someone with the surname ‘Owen’ who thinks he must be related to Owen Glyndwr. I was like, show me the family tree.