LLandaff Oratory

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Llandaff Oratory
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Llandaff Oratory
Basic information
Location Van Reenen, South Africa
Geographic coordinates 28°22′36″S 29°22′43″E / 28.3767°S 29.3786°E / -28.3767; 29.3786
Affiliation Roman Catholic Church
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Oratory
Architectural description

Llandaff Oratory is an oratory in Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The oratory was built by Maynard Mathews in memory of his son Llandaff Mathew who died while saving the lives of 8 co-workers at the Burnside Colliery mine on 19 March 1925.

Initially Maynard Mathews wanted to erect a plaque in honour of his son at the Roman Catholic Church in Ladysmith, but could not secure permission to do so. Determined that a memorial to his son will be placed in a church, Maynard decided to build his own, have it consecrated a Catholic church and become a priest himself (he was ordained in the Dominicans on 7 May 1926).[1]

The oratory seats just eight people, apparently the same number of people Llandaff saved in the mine accident and is architecturally based on a wing of the Cardiff Cathedral in Wales.

The Llandaff Oratory is a Heritage Landmark (formerley called a National Monument).

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  1. ^ "Llandaff Oratory". 2007-06-27. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 

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