National Recording Project


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

Statue of William Thomas


Type Statue

     Bronze standing statue of William Thomas on polished granite pedestal. Figure is in mayoral regalia, right hand holding scroll, left arm flexed with hand holding edge of robe. Left foot slightly forrward. Further scroll on ground by statue's right foot. Inscription on front face of pedestal with two small bronze round reliefs, both with Latin inscription.
     The statue was erected by public subscription and was unveiled by Councillor Gwilym Morgan, Mayor of Swansea, in September 1906. William Thomas was present at the unveiling of his own statue.
     William Thomas (1816-1909) was Mayor of Swansea 1877-78, and was a pioneer of the Open Spaces Movement. He secured the area of Victoria Park as open space.


Inscription on front face of pedestal: WILLIAM THOMAS, ESQ., J.P., / OF LAN, / MAYOR OF THIS BOROUGH / 1877 1878. / PIONEER - CHAMPION / OF / OPEN SPACES. / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION. (First line, letters are painted gold, the rest in black)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Thomas, Ivor J. Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 183cm high approx
Pedestal Polished granite 244cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Mumbles Road
Precise location In Victoria Park, to NE of Patti Pavilion
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS641922
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1906
Unveiling details Unveiled 22nd September 1906
Commissioned by None
Duty of care City and County of Swansea
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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