National Recording Project


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

Statue of Daniel Owen


Type Statue

     Full figure statue of Daniel Owen in an informal stance wearing a frock coat, hat and holding book (Rhys Lewis) with bookmark in right hand. Statue on moulded limestone and sandstone pedestal upon a modern, stepped, brick plinth.
          Daniel Owen (1836-1895) was the first and most prominent novelist in the Welsh language. He was the youngest of six children, his father and two brothers were killed in a disaster at Argoed pit in 1837. Despite a difficult and impoverished childhood he successfully took part in local literary competitions. He was apprenticed in a tailor's workshop at the age of twelve. In 1865 he entered Bala Theological College but returned to Mold before completing his studies in order to take care of his family. He opened a tailor's and draper's shop but ill-health cut short his preaching. He continued to write and published four novels, many short stories, character sketches and sermons. His book 'Hanangofiant Rhys Lewis' is said to be the first modern novel in the Welsh language.


Letters incised and painted black on front of pedestal: DANIEL OWEN / GANWYD HYDREF 20 1836. / BU FARW HYDREF 22 1895. / NID IR DOETH A'R DEALLUS YR / YSGRIFENAIS OND I'R DYN CYFFREDIN Inscription on right hand side of pedestal: DANIEL OWEN / BORN OCTR 20 1836. / DIED OCTR 22 1895. / NOT FOR THE WISE AND LEARNED / HAVE I WRITTEN BUT FOR THE / COMMON PEOPLE. Inscription on rear of pedestal: ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION Inscription on left hand side of pedestal: DANIEL OWEN / NATUS A.D. X11I KAL. NOV. / ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCXXXVI. / OBIIT A.D. XI. KAL. NOV. / ANNO SALUTIS MDCCCXCV. / NEQVE SAPIENTIBUS NEQVE ERUDITIS / SED POPULO SCRIPSI.

Related works : See FLINT005 (Daniel Owen Commemorative Stone)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Goscombe John, William Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 183cm high approx
Pedestal Limestone and sandstone 152cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
  • Bird guano
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
  • Other
  • Graffiti
Road Earl Road
Precise location Daniel Owen Precinct outside the County Library
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ236639
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1901
Unveiling details Unveiled by Lord Kenyon on 31st October 1901
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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