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Nudism and cremation

 

Dr. William Price was a chartist, druid and non-conformist who is now recognised as one of the most influential people in Welsh history - and one of the most unusual charcters of the Victorian era.

He would scandalise the people of Llantrisant by going for long walks completely naked. When he was over 80 years old, he fathered a child whom he called Iesu Grist ("Jesus Christ").

When the child died, he cremated the body in public and then won the court case that followed, thereby establishing the legality of cremation in the United Kingdom.

Following his own death, he was also cremated on the hillside overlooking Llantrisant on a pyre made of two tonnes of coal.

A statue in memory of Dr Price stands proud in Llantrisant town centre and you can hear more about his fascinating life in the Llantrisant Heritage Trail.