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Ironwork Fountain Canopy

A Grade II Listed Building in Town (Y Dref), Merthyr Tydfil

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Latitude: 51.7431 / 51°44'35"N

Longitude: -3.3774 / 3°22'38"W

OS Eastings: 304994

OS Northings: 205829

OS Grid: SO049058

Mapcode National: GBR HN.1C6K

Mapcode Global: VH6CY.DGV3

Entry Name: Ironwork Fountain Canopy

Listing Date: 13 January 1988

Last Amended: 13 January 1988

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11448

Building Class: Industrial

Location: Set on modern concrete base in open ground immediately S of St Tydfil’s churchyard. Formerly located in centre of road further S, close to site of modern roundabout.

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Town (Y Dref)

Community: Town

Built-Up Area: Merthyr Tydfil

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Later C19. Designed by W Macfarlane & Co, architectural ironfounders of Glasgow. Inscribed plate records the erection of the fountain "in commemoration of Robert and Lucy Thomas of Waunwyllt, the pioneers in 1828 of the South Wales Steam Coal Trade". Given by Sir W T Lewis and W T Rees of Aberdare, ca 1890.


Octagonal, openwork iron canopy (in sections) with circular ribbed dome enriched by interlaced foliage trails, all surmounted by a heroic classical figure. Filigree spandrels to cusped arcades with rope-mouldings, circular armoria and guilloche bands. Griffin finials over volute brackets to angles, polygonal foliage capitals to leaf shafts with foliage frieze above square bases.

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