The Vision of Saint Gwynllyw
Large bronze ox with bell strapped to back. Bell is resting on straw and is contained in a wooden hoist. The ox stands on a stepped stone base and has mosaic tiles under with bronze semi-circle bands bearing inscription on either side.
Information from Newport Tourist Information Centre: According to legend, Gwynllwy (Woolos) was converted to Christianity when he was told in a dream to search for a white ox with a black spot on its forehead, and in this place to build a church as an act of penitence.The original church no longer exists but the cathedral of St. Woolos now stands on the same site at the top of Stow Hill in Newport.
Bronze plate fixed to stone base at front of ox: 'THE VISION OF ST. GWYNLLYW' / UNVEILED FOR NEWPORT BOROUGH COUNCIL BY HIS WORSHIPFUL / THE MAYOR OF NEWPORT, COUNCILLOR JOHN JENKINS FEBRUARY 17TH 1996 / COUNCILLOR HARRY G. JONES CBE LEADER OF THE COUNCIL / SCULPTURE BY SEBASTIAN BOYESEN 1993-96
Bronze plate fixed to stone base at rear of ox: ACCORDING TO LEGEND, GWYNLLYW (ST. WOOLOS) / WAS CONVERTED TO CHRISTIANITY WHEN HE WAS TOLD / IN A DREAM TO SEARCH FOR A WHITE OX AND IN THIS PLACE / TO BUILD A CHURCH THE ORIGINAL STRUCTURE NO LONGER EXISTS / BUT ON THE SAME SITE NOW STANDS THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. WOOLOS AT THE TOP OF STOW HILL IN NEWPORT
Inscription on bronze bands on stone base on right-hand side of ox: "THIS AGRICULTURAL OX DESIGNATES THAT THIS COUNTRY IS TO BE CULTIVATED" and on other side of ox: "ABOUT THE BANKS OF THE RIVER IS A CERTAIN MOUNTAIN WHERE A WHITE OX IS SEEN"
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