National Recording Project


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

Crawshay Obelisk


Type Shaft

     Tall freestone obelisk with square base and stepped plinth. It is inscribed with the names of both Francis and Henry Crawshay, sons of William Crawshay II of Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr.
     The obelisk may have resulted from Francis Crawshay's interest in Egyptology. Crawshay, proprietor of the Treforest Tinplate Works, lived at Treforest House and it is suggested that the obelisk may have been used as a boundary marker as it was on the edge of his land and across the road from Treforest House. The present 'Egyptian Garden' was designed in 1996 by Taff Ely Borough Council.
     The obelisk is based on measurements made of an ancient Egyptian prototype.


Inscribed on south side: H. CRAWSHAY Inscribed on north side: F. CRAWSHAY Inscribed on west side of base: 1844 Inscription around plinth: I AM A MODEL OF THE ONLY OBELISK NOW STANDING AT HELIOPOLIS ON OF THE SCRIPTURES / ERECTED BY OSORTSEEN 1 THE EARLIEST OF PHAROAHS

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Freestone 366cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Other
  • Graffiti
Road Forest Road
Precise location Set within 'Egyptian Garden' on the SW side of Castle Bridge
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST084890
Date of design 1844
Year of unveiling 1844
Unveiling details 1844
Commissioned by Francis Crawshay
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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