A step back into time – a day out near Criccieth at Lloyd George Museum7th Sep
Do you know who was the first and only Welsh prime minister?
At the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy, you can learn all about the life and career of one of the most influential statesmen of the 20th century. David Lloyd George was not only the first working-class prime minister but also the first whose first language was Welsh.
Although his career and personal life were not free from controversy, his personality captivated the people of the country. He was able to charm a crowd like no other political figure that came before. He came to power during the First World War and is recognised for establishing the welfare state. However, because he was so different from the established political elite, the charm and wit which set him apart also made it impossible for some of his contemporaries to trust in him.
Despite some of the prejudices he had to overcome, Lloyd George rose from very humble beginnings and made his way to 10 Downing Street. However, he never forgot about the place from which he came. His love for North Wales remained with him throughout his life.
His home in Llanystumdwy is a fascinating time capsule from a bygone era. Situated right next to the Lloyd George Museum, you can visit the very home David Lloyd George grew up in. The house is furnished as it was when he lived there from 1864 to 1880. Walking into the house feels like stepping into the past.
Nearby, you can find David Lloyd George’s grave site. He chose specifically to be buried along the banks of the Afon Dwyfor, beneath the boulder on which he would frequently sit to admire the serene view. Although most prime ministers are laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, Lloyd George explained to his family – “I have no wish to be buried in Westminster Abbey. I want to be buried where people can see my grave.” He also wanted no inscription on his grave, only the boulder.
Following his funeral, which drew thousands of people who wished to pay their respects, the renowned architect and creator of Portmeirion village were commissioned by Frances Lloyd George to build an enclosure to surround the grave.
To learn more about Lloyd George, there is no better place to visit than the Lloyd George Museum.