Thornhill cemetery

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Wenallt Chapel at Thornhill cemetery

Thornhill cemetery is a major cemetery and crematorium located in the Thornhill, a northern suburb of Cardiff, south Wales. It is located between the A469 road (Thornhill Road) and the M4 motorway.

Thornhill, Cardiff human settlement in United Kingdom

Thornhill is a northern suburb in the city of Cardiff, capital of Wales, south of Caerphilly.

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Thornhill Crematorium was opened in 1953 and occupies a 40-acre (160,000 m2) site as part of the Thornhill Cemetery. The cemetery contains two chapels - Wenallt Chapel and Briwnant Chapel -, and the Gardens of Remembrance for the scattering of cremated remains. [1]

Judge and World War II Victoria Cross recipient Sir Tasker Watkins (1918-2007) was cremated here, [2] as was Rhodri Morgan (1939-2017), First Minister of Wales.

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Major Sir Tasker Watkins was a Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. In World War II, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for gallantry in the face of the enemy. A war hero who was prominent in the law and in Rugby Union, Watkins was described as The Greatest Living Welshman.


  1. "The Suburb of Llanishen". Cardiffians. Retrieved August 26, 2010.
  2. Burial Location of VC Holders - Glamorganshire.

Coordinates: 51°32′13″N3°12′34″W / 51.53694°N 3.20944°W / 51.53694; -3.20944

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