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.