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
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