National Recording Project


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

Allegories of medicine, law and agriculture


Type Sculpture

     Three architectural reliefs representing (probably) medicine, law and agriculture.
     The foundation stone for the Temple of Peace and Health was laid by Lord Halifax, the Lord Privy Seal, in April 1937 with the official opening on 23 November 1938. The cost was £72,000, Lord Davies of Llandinam providing £60,000, with £12,000 coming from the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association. Cardiff City Council provided the land. Most of the building was occupied by the King Edward VII Welsh National Memorial Association, an organization founded by Lord Davies shortly after the death of King Edward in 1912, with the objective of eliminating tuberculosis in Wales. The remainder of the building was occupied by the League of Nations Union, with which Lord Davies was also closely associated. The building is now occupied by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. The Crypt beneath the Main Hall is consecrated and houses the Welsh National Book of Remembrance for the Great War. The building had been opened in 1938 by Mrs. Minnie James from Dowlais representing the war-bereaved mothers of Wales. She had lost three sons in the Great War.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Thomas & Son, Percy Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Three relief sculptures Portland stone 91cm high x 122cm wide approx (NB On wall)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road King Edward VII Avenue
Precise location Set over three window frames in portico of building (centre acts as doorframe)
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST179771
Date of design 1937-38
Year of unveiling 1938
Unveiling details Building opened on 23 November 1938
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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