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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Statue of Henry Richard

Summary

Type Statue

     Male standing figure in frock coat, poised as if about to speak. Holding sheaf of papers headed PEACE in right hand. Left arm flexed with hand holding 'pince-nez'. Pedestal with moulded cornice and plinth.
          Henry Richard, born in Tregaron in 1812, Liberal MP for Merthyr. Often referred to as the 'Member for Wales' and 'the Apostle of Peace.' Secretary of the Peace Union and organiser of the Peace Congress in Paris in 1849.

Inscriptions

Front of pedestal, carved into stone and painted white: HENRY RICHARD / A S / GANWYD EBRILL 3 1812 / BU FARW AWST 20 1888 Raised lettering on two bronze plaques fixed to front of pedestal. In Welsh and English. Upper plaque in Welsh: GANWYD YMA YN NHREGARON ADDYSGWYD EF I'R WEINIDOGAETH / GRISTNOGOL AC YN 1835 ORDEINIWYD EF YN LLUNDAIN YN 1848 / APWYNTIWYD EF YN YSGRIFENNYDD I'R GYMDEITHAS HEDDWCH AC / ENILLODD FRI RHYNGWLADOL FEL "APOSTOL HEDDWCH." YN 1868 DAETH / YN A.S DROS ETHOLAETH MERTHYR. AC OHERWYDD EI SEL DROS / FATERION CYMREIG FE'I ADWAENWYD FEL "YR AELOD DROS GYMRU." / ROEDD HEFYD YN ARLOESWR BLAENLLAW YM MYD ADDYSG. / GWASANAETHODD AR AMRYW GOMISIWN YMHOLI AC YN 1883 DAETH / YN IS-LYWYDD CYNTAF COLEG PRIFYSGOL CAERDYFF. / "CEDWAIS DRI PHETH MEWN COF YN BARHAUS: PEIDIO ANGHOFIO / IAITH FY NGWLAD: A PHOBL AC ACHOS FY NGWLAD A PHEIDI0 / ESGEULUSO UNRHYW GYFLE I AMDDIFFYN CYMERIAD A HYRWYDDO / BUDDIANNAU FY NGWLAD." / "GORWEDD FY NGOBEITHION AM DDIFODIANT Y GYFUNDREFN / RYFEL YN ARGYHOEDDIAD BARHAUS Y BOBL YN HYTRACH NAG / YM MHOLISIAU CABINET A THRAFODAETHAU SENEDD." Lower plaque in English: BORN HERE IN TREGARON, HE WAS EDUCATED FOR THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY, AND IN / 1835 HE WAS ORDAINED IN LONDON. IN 1848 HE WAS APPOINTED SECRETARY TO THE / PEACE SOCIETY GAINING AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS "THE APOSTLE OF PEACE." / IN 1868 HE BECAME M.P. FOR THE MERTHYR CONSTITUENCY: AND SUCH WAS HIS CONCERN / FOR WELSH AFFAIRS THAT HE BECAME KNOWN AS "THE MEMBER FOR WALES." HE WAS / ALSO A PROMINENT PIONEER IN EDUCATION: HE SERVED ON SEVERAL COMMISSIONS OF / ENQUIRY, AND IN 1883 HE BECAME THE FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT OF CARDIFF UNIVERSITY / COLLEGE." / "I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MINDFUL OF THREE THINGS: NOT TO FORGET THE LANGUAGE OF / MY COUNTRY: AND THE PEOPLE AND CAUSE OF MY COUNTRY: AND TO NEGLECT NO / OPPORTUNITY OF DEFENDING THE CHARACTER AND PROMOTING THE INTERESTS OF / MY COUNTRY." / "MY HOPE FOR THE ABATEMENT OF THE WAR SYSTEM LIES IN PERMANENT CONVICTION / OF THE PEOPLE, RATHER THAN THE POLICIES OF CABINETS OR THE DISCUSSIONS OF / PARLIAMENTS."

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Moore, Thames Ditton, None Foundry
Toft, Albert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 260cm high
Pedestal Aberdeen Granite 290cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CERED003 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Tregaron Square
Precise location Centre of square in Tregaron
A-Z ref None
OS ref SN680596
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1893
Unveiling details Unveiled on 18 August 1893
Commissioned by Public subscription
Duty of care Ceredigion County Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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