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

Aneurin Bevan Memorial Panels

Summary

Type Medallion

     Four bronze circular panels depicting Aneurin Bevan at various stages in his life. Around the rims are quotations from his speeches; 1) Miner's agent 1918, 2) Married Jennie Lee 1934, 3) Minister of Health and Housing 1945, 4) International Statesman.
     1997 was the centenary of Bevan's birth. The panels were commissioned by Tredegar Town Council, through Artwork Wales, funded by the National Lottery. The artist modelled the central relief work in clay. This was cast into bronze by Castle Fine Art Foundry who also attached the rim with the text which was sandcast into bronze by Leander Architectural. The work was sited by Castle Fine Art Foundry with assistance from the artist and Philip Bews.
     Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) was born in Tredegar. He was elected to Tredegar Urban District Council in 1922 and became the Labour MP for the Ebbw Vale Constituency in 1929, aged 31. He married a fellow Socialist politician, Jennie Lee and edited the left wing newspaper 'Tribune' from 1942-45. He was elected to the National Executive of the Labour Party in 1944 and became Minister of Health in 1945. He played the leading role in the establishment of the National Health Service in 1946 and set in motion the largest public housing programme ever launched in Britain.

Inscriptions

Raised letters around upper edge of first panel: "Going around with Ni was like surf-riding on the Niagara Falls - at times you had to be agile or you would be drowned in the sparkling, tireless movement and ebullience." Jennie Lee (1960) Raised letters around lower edge of first panell: ANEURIN BEVAN - MARRIED JENNIE LEE 1934 / ANEURIN BEVAN - PRIODI JENNIE LEE 1934 Raised letters around upper edge of second panel: "The most popular Labour MPs, with the Tories, have been those who plead mercy for the poor. They have never shown anything but bare-fanged hatred for those Labour Members who want political power for the masses." A. Bevan (1918) Raised letters around lower edge of second panel: ANEURIN BEVAN - MINERS AGENT 1918 / ANEURIN BEVAN - ASIANT Y GLOWYR 1918 Raised letters around upper edge of third panel: "I never used to regard myself so much as a politician as a projectile discharged from the Welsh valleys .. When I listen to the cacophony of harsh voices trying to intimidate I close my eyes and listen to the silent voices of the poor." A. Bevan (1948) Raised letters around lower edge of third panel: ANEURIN BEVAN 1897-1960 INTERNATIONAL STATESMAN / ANEURIN BEVAN 1897-1960 GWLADWEINYDD RHYNGWLADOL Raised letters around upper edge of fourth panel: "Society becomes more wholesome, more serene, and spiritually healthier, if it knows that its citizens have at the back of their consciousness the knowledge that not only themselves, but all their fellows, have access, when ill, to the best that medical skill can provide." A. Bevan (1918) Raised letters around lower edge of fourth panel: ANEURIN BEVAN - MINISTER OF HOUSING AND HEALTH 1945 / ANEURIN BEVAN - GWEINIDOG TAI A IECHYD 1945

Related works : See BLGW001: Aneurin Bevan Commemorative Stones at Waun-y-Pound. See also CARDIFF088: Statue of Aneurin Bevan

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gorvin, Diane Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Four panels Bronze 120cm diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
BLGW004 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road The Circle
Precise location Set in the pavement surrounding the Iron Clock in the centre of Tredegar
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO141088
Date of design February - June 1998
Year of unveiling 1998
Unveiling details 1998
Commissioned by Tredegar Town Council
Duty of care Tredegar Town Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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