On Monday 5th March, Hafal Chair Elin Jones and staff from Hafal Newport attended an afternoon in Rudry dedicated to Dr William Price.
Many people from the area turned up to see the unveiling of a new plaque in honour of Dr. Price at Waterloo Terrace, close to where he grew up in the 1800s.
Dr. William Price was a doctor but is most well-known for pioneering the use of cremation in Britain and was also thought to have lived with a mental illness called paraphrenia.
A characteristic of paraphrenia is a desire to engage in litigation, and that is very evident in Price’s later career. Some of the claims he eloquently defended in court seem delusional (particularly in relation to ownership of land) but he was able to argue successfully in his own defence in the case of the cremation of his son as late as 1884.
After the plaque’s unveiling by Caerphilly County Borough Council, everyone made their way to Rudry Parish Hall to honour the proud Welshman.
One of the guest speakers was Hafal Chair Elin Jones, who talked about Price’s many achievements.