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Dr Parry, one of the most famous of all Welsh composers, is buried in the churchyard at St. Augustine's. He became the first Professor of Music at the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth), later establishing a private school of music in Swansea and finally becoming a lecturer in music at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire in Cardiff. His compositions found much favour in his lifetime both in Britain and the USA.
Two of his most famous compositions are the part-
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Grave of Dr. Joseph Parry (1841-
THE WAR MEMORIAL was completed in 1920 and designed by John D Batten. It is carved in Italian walnut and consists of a canopy of fruit and foliage overhanging three panels with the names of the 200 Penarth men who died in ‘The Great War’. Below the panels are the gilded names of the main battles of the war and regimental badges in colour. It has recently been restored and reguilded and research has been done into those commemorated on it. A book is available on its history.
The Churchyard Cross, which now stands inside the church on the left of the Lady Chapel altar, is a medieval relic but is badly weathered so that only the Crucifixion scene is recognizable today on one of its faces.
The Hanging Rood
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