National Recording Project


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

Sculpture, engraved images and text - public steps


Type Other

     Wide stairway linking main street with parking area. Metal handrails. Large pillar in central section of stairway with mining relief. The whole work incorporates lettering, sculptural forms and metalwork. Focal artpieces depicting local tradition at both ends of stairway.
     The work was commissioned by Caerphilly County Borough Council as part of a three year programme, with funding from the Arts Lottery, to improve and refurbish towns in the county. The artists were found and the individual projects managed by Cywaith Cymru. For this work Howard Bowcott collaborated with a landscape architect. Major re-development was needed including the removal of a house to turn what was once a dark and very steep access way into its present incarnation.


Incised on small pillar at top of steps: Once flowing black with a darkness drawn from deep within the earth, Now a vein of clear hope, washing away the memories. Incised on wall running down one side of stairway: Clywed afon ddisglair fel y grisial / Chwerthin iach ei dyfroedd yn tincial, Can ei glannau yn seinio a sisial, / Hi fydd yma yn ddi-ddadl / dal hanes a'i hanadl.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bowcott, Howard Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
None Brick, stone, metal None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road High Street
Precise location Between main street and lower parking / market area
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST152993
Date of design 1999
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 2000
Commissioned by Caerphilly County Borough Council
Duty of care Caerphilly County Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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