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Llanrumney Hall in Llanrumney
312 Ball Road Llanrumney City_of_Cardiff Wales
After the Norman Conquest of Britain in 1066, the lands of Llanrumney in Cardiff were given to the monks at Keynsham Abbey, which was based just across the Severn in Somerset. The monks built a small chapel where Llanrumney Hall, built in 1450, now stands. | Following the dissolution of the monasteries Llanrumney Hall and its estate passed to the Kemys family of Cefn Mably. William Kemys left the property to his daughter, who married Thomas Morgan. Five generations of the Morgan family lived at the Hall and the Morgan coat-of-arms, dated 1587, sits proudly above a fireplace at Llanrumney Hall.| The most well known of the Llanrumney Morgans was Sir Henry Morgan, who, some say, was born at Llanrumney Hall in 1635. Under his naval leadership, Panama was captured in 1671 and the famous Elizabethan diarist, John Evelyn, commented on the capture of Panama: "Such an action has not been since the famous Drake." King Charles II made Henry Morgan the Deputy Governor of Jamaica and awarded him a knighthood.| Myths and Legends:| There are several strange stories about Llanrumney Hall. Locals will tell you it is haunted and many children will not go near it and exchange ghost stories. They say a Prince was killed at the Hall by being chopped into small pieces and plastered around the house. How his headless ghost would ride across the field with his head tucked under his arms. Many locals would say that it is the ghost of Prince Llewelyn, the last true Prince of Wales, who some say was interred in a stone coffin by the monks in 1282 at Llanrumney Hall after being beheaded. (Others believe it to be the ghost of Henry Morgan)| According to www.walesonline.co.uk the Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust have resurrected the long-standing rumours that Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was buried at Llanrumney Hall.| The final resting place of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd has remained a mystery since he was slain in a Mid Wales ambush in 1282 as he spearheaded a rebellion against Edward I.| Dr John Davies, chairman of the trust, said, "King Edward I of England was a pious man, and would not have buried Llywelyn outside Wales, but would not have wished the people of Wales to have a grave which they could venerate in Mid Wales.| "A grave, secretly, in a monastery in a safe part of Wales administered by a monastic community that had no Welsh sympathies, would be much safer. The story could make sense."| Legend has it that John Hodder Moggridge, who lived at Llanrumney Hall from 1812-1823, came across a stone coffin contained in a thick wall containing the headless corpse while he was renovating the then-Elizabethan building.| The story was handed down through his granddaughter, Sarah Dillwyn Moggridge, in 1886, and even formed the basis for a report in The Western Mail in 1922.| Editor's Note: As of September 2015 I can not ascertain the state of the building or indeed if it is still in use as a public house or B and B
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