He entered Pontypool Baptist College , 1842 . After three and a half years there under principal Thomas Thomas (q.v.) , he accepted a call to the Aberdare Welsh Baptist chapel at Carmel , Monk Street , but better known as ‘ Capel Pen-pound. ’ He began his ministry there at the end of 1845 , was ordained 1 Jan. 1846 , and remained there, his only pastorate, for forty-two years until his death on 29 Feb. 1888 . By his abounding energy and skill as an organizer, he was able to increase the numbers of Baptists in the Valley through opening Sunday schools and later erecting chapels . He formed an English church at Carmel , while he and the Welsh members moved to a new chapel called Calfaria .
He soon became well known in his denomination as a preacher and lecturer , and was elected to important offices; in 1865 he filled the chair of the Welsh Baptist Union .
As a writer he published an answer to the Rev. William Edwards 's book, Bapto a Baptiso ( 1857 ), Jiwbili Eglwys Calfaria, Aberdar ( 1862 ), and Trem ( 1885-6 ), together with many addresses, etc. But he was better known as the co-editor of Y Gwron ( 1855-60 ), Y Gweithiwr ( 1859-60 ), and Seren Cymru ( 1860-76 ); he also served as finance secretary to Seren Gomer ( 1853-59 ), and edited Y Medelwr Ieuanc and Y Gwyliedydd .
No minister in Wales took such a prominent part as he did in furthering the work of the Friendly Societies , particularly those of the Independent Order of Oddfellows , and the ‘ Ivorites .’
Dr. Price — he was given a Ph.D. by Leipzig University — took a prominent part in political and educational activities . His attacks on the Welsh Education Reports ( 1846-7 ), and on the standpoint taken by the Rev. John Griffith , vicar of Aberdare (q.v.) , in regard to those Reports , are well known. He took a most active part in the local government of Aberdare , and in various public movements in the town — he was the first secretary of the Aberdare British School Committee which established the first British School in the Aberdare valley in 1848 , the ‘ Park School ,’ better known as ‘ Ysgol y Comin .’ He m., 16 March 1847 , Mrs. Ann Gilbert , the youngest daughter of Thomas David of Abernant-y-groes , Cwm-bach , by whom he had a son, who died in infancy, and a daughter. His wife d. 1 Sept. 1849 .
Watkin William Price, M.A., (1873-1967), Aberdare
Published date: 1959