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JONES , LEWIS ( 1793 - 1866 ), cleric ;

b. 14 Feb. 1793 , son of William and Mary Jones , Penpontbren , Llanfihangel Geneu'r Glyn, Cards. Educated at Ystradmeurig under John Williams ( 1745/6 - 1818 ) (q.v.) , he was afterwards a master in the Grammar School , Clitheroe, Lancs. He became vicar of Almondbury , near Huddersfield , in 1822 ; he was also perpetual curate of Llandevaud, Mon. , 1822-52 . Taking advantage of the Government 's ‘ Million Act ’ he was instrumental in building eighteen new churches, schools, and parsonage houses , becoming known as ‘ the church-building parson .’ Because of his zeal for Wales he appointed Welsh clergymen to all the new livings of which he was the patron. He re-formed in 1835 the ‘ Association of Welsh Clergy in the West Riding of Yorkshire ,’ which had been formed in 1821 , and was its president for thirty years. He d. 26 Aug. 1866 .

Sources:

  • Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , 1929 , 250;
  • C. A. Hulbert , Annals of the Church and Parish of Almondbury, Yorkshire , London, 1882-85 , 79-80;
  • Enwogion Ceredigion , 1869 .

Author:

Rev. Daniel Williams, (1878-1968), Llangollen

Published date: 1959