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Mr N L from Canada writes...

Thank you very much for my book which I got on 20th Oct... I could not put it down till I read the whole book, and the memories that came back to me were great... This was a part of my childhood too, and as a boy, I am glad that I was able to go to St Mary's Church... Thank you once again for the book, I will read it over and over. Keep up the good work.


Cardiff Post 29th January 2009

Cardiff Remembered: Book captures the spirit of the little church on the hill

An interesting little book titled St Mary the Virgin Church and Hill Fort at Caerau 1260-2008 written and compiled by Delia Jay and Rosemary Lewis, brings alive the history of "the little church on the hill" and follows the struggle to save it from vandalism and neglect.

"Mr Smith, a pensioner, spoke to the Echo reporter of his profound pain and sorrow at the vandalism of one of Cardiff's oldest churches. Both his parents are buried in the graveyard of the church.

"He blamed the lack of official action for the deterioration of the church. The Echo stated that a planning application had been made to the council to preserve the ruins of the church."

The battle to save this historic church on its ancient hill fort site has uncovered stories and accounts from people whose lives have been connected with Caerau. It is published by Friends of St Mary's to provide a pemanent record of this much-loved and sadly neglected landmark and can be obtained by sending a cheque for 11.99 payable to Delia Jay at Dajay Publications, PO Box 4315, Bath, BA1 0LN.

Illustrated throughout with colour and black and white pictures, it is certain to bring back many memories to those who worshipped there. For more information on St Mary's Church look up their website www.stmaryscaerau.org.