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Monument to William Evans

A Grade II Listed Building in Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6185 / 51°37'6"N

Longitude: -3.4261 / 3°25'34"W

OS Eastings: 301361

OS Northings: 192042

OS Grid: ST013920

Mapcode National: GBR HL.9BXT

Mapcode Global: VH6DH.KLL2

Entry Name: Monument to William Evans

Listing Date: 24 February 1997

Last Amended: 24 February 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18269

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The monument is on the N side of the so-called Millionaires' Row, the E/W cemetery lane with the grandest monuments, set in the hillside N of the cemetery chapel.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Community: Trealaw

Community: Trealaw

Locality: Trealaw Cemetery

Built-Up Area: Tonypandy

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

William Evans 1864 - 1934, born in Pembrokeshire, was the major partner of the famous firm of Thomas and Evans of Porth, which supplied many kinds of goods to the Rhondda and beyond, the town centre of Porth being dominated in the early C20 by their purpose-built shops, warehouses and factories, including the Welsh Hills Works aerated water plant later marketing soft drinks under the Corona label, and their central shop and office building in Hannah Street. William Evans lived at Bronwydd, Porth, donated adjacent land for a public park, and is commemorated there by a bronze bust. He represented Porth on Glamorgan County Council for 24 years, served on Appeals Tribunal in First World War and was appointed to Justice Bench in 1920. This is the burial place of both William Evans and his wife, Annie.

Exterior

The classical memorial is of grey marble with raised gilded lettering. At the base is a panelled vault with the family name in large relief capitals flanked by urns. On this stands a monument comprising a panelled plinth bearing a text on one side and supporting 4 square section fluted piers with moulded plinths and capitals which enclose panels with commemorative inscriptions to William died 1934 aged 70 and Annie died 1949 aged 81, surmounted by an urn; the piers support a four sided pedimented cornice also surmounted by an urn. No monumental mason's name is visible, but other monuments obscure base to sides.

Reasons for Listing

Listed especially for its historic interest in commemorating a major local businessman and philanthropist in the heyday of the Rhondda and for group value with Trealaw Cemetery Chapel and monuments to David Evans and Daniel Thomas.

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