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COBB , JOSEPH RICHARD ( 1821 - 1897 ), antiquary

Born 25 April 1821 , at Broughton castle, Oxon. . By profession he was a lawyer , and also a promoter of railways ; it was he, e.g., who got the ‘ Brecon and Merthyr Railway ’ constructed. His chief interest, however, was in antiquities , and he was a prominent member of the Cambrian Archaeological Association . He played a leading part in the restoration of the priory church (now the cathedral) at Brecon (see his Short Account of S. John the Evangelist … at Brecon , 1874 ), and of Manorbier castle ; and he bought and thoroughly restored the castle of Caldicot , near Chepstow . He d. 6 Dec. 1897 , at Brecon , and is commemorated by a memorial in Brecon cathedral .


  • Bye–Gones, relating to Wales and the Border Counties , 1897 , 256;
  • Theophilus Jones , History of the County of Brecknock (3rd ed.), ii, 83-6, 160, iv, 47;
  • information from Mr J. C. Parry de Winton , Brecon.


Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor

Published date: 1959