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PRICHARD , JOHN ( 1817 - 1886 ), architect ,

son of Richard Prichard , rector of Llan-gan , Glamorgan , and vicar-choral of Llandaff cathedral , and of Eleanor his wife, was b. at Llan-gan 6 May 1817 , and christened there by his father 10 July 1817 . He trained as an architect and was appointed diocesan architect of Llandaff . He superintended the restoration of many churches throughout the diocese a notable example of his work being the restoration of Baglan church . He was also the architect responsible for the extensive restoration of Llandaff cathedral between 1844 and 1857 . Prichard d. 13 Oct. 1886 , and was buried in the churchyard on the south side of Llandaff cathedral , near the Lady-chapel and in the same grave as his father, a former vicar-choral of Llandaff for thirty-five years. A brass plate inscribed ‘ In Memory of a Great Architect, John Prichard, Restorer of this Cathedral … ’ is placed in the aisle under the window of the south wall in the south-western tower.


  • Llandaff bishops’ transcripts;
  • J. H. James , A history and survey of the cathedral church of SS. Peter, Paul, Dubritius, Teilo, and Oudoceus, Llandaff (1898) ;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • Enwogion Cymru. A Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Welshmen (1852)


Megan Ellis, (1906-2001), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959