Thursday, June 4, 2009
Another Catholic Martyred Priest-Llantarnam, Cwmbran
A plaque was unveiled at the blacksmith's shop in Llantarnam, Cwmbran, where Father Lewis was robing for Mass. He was dragged off to London. Called 'The Father of the Poor' he was loved by Catholics and Protestants, all of whom he looked after. The lies of Titus Oates (later hung drawn and quartered for perjury) helped to condemn him. After a short spell in the Usk Prison (used to be 'Greyfriars') he was executed close to the present Usk Catholic Church, St Francis Xaview and St David Lewis. Protestants rushed forward to hold his hand as he was hanged to prevent his drawing and quartering as the law demanded and the mayor, relieved gave the order to bury the corpse without this mutilation. He was reverently buried next to the old Priory Church (now Anglican) and in recent times, the Vicar during an extension, found the body , and it was buried right next to the door of the church, with a handsome tombstone. Fresh flowers are left throughout the year . The tombstone bears his last moving words.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE of SAINT DAVID LEWIS IS ON THE LAST SUNDAY IN AUGUST. (30th August in 2009)