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

Statue of Howel Gwyn

Summary

Type Statue

     Full figure statue of Howel Gwyn, in an informal stance, gesturing with right hand, holding gloves in left hand. Wearing fur lined coat.
     The statue was funded by voluntary contributions. It stands today in Victoria Gardens which Howel Gwyn donated to the town. When the statue was moved into the Gardens, it was positioned so that his finger still pointed to his birthplace.
     Howel Gwyn (1806-1888) came from a family of wealthy Breconshire solicitors. He was educated at Oxford University and became a Conservative member of Parliament, first for Falmouth and later for Brecon. He later became sheriff of three Welsh counties, and both town councillor and Mayor of Neath on two occasions. He was a noted local benefactor providing several schools, the church of St. Matthew on his estate at Dyffryn and also donated land for both building and parks to the town. He took an active interest in the administration of the Poor Laws and presided over the Neath Board of Guardians for many years.

Inscriptions

Incised on front face of pedestal: HOWEL GWYN / BORN / JUNE 24TH 1806 / DIED / JANUARY 25TH 1888

Related works : See NPT009: Fountain erected in memory of Howel Gwyn at Alltwen

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Raggi, Mario Sculptor
Young & Co, H. Foundry

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze (with dark coating) 274cm high
Pedestal Polished granite 274cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
NPT004 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • None
Road Victoria Gardens
Precise location In NW corner of Victoria Gardens
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS754974
Date of design 1888-1889
Year of unveiling 1889
Unveiling details Unveiled on 26 September 1889
Commissioned by Local committee
Duty of care Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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