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Fountain in Honour of John Hopkin Davies

A Grade II Listed Building in Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.587 / 51°35'13"N

Longitude: -3.7716 / 3°46'17"W

OS Eastings: 277358

OS Northings: 189063

OS Grid: SS773890

Mapcode National: GBR H4.C81B

Mapcode Global: VH5H1.KCYQ

Plus Code: 9C3RH6PH+R9

Entry Name: Fountain in Honour of John Hopkin Davies

Listing Date: 28 April 2000

Last Amended: 28 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23257

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Located to the E of the main avenue and behind the war memorial.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Port Talbot

Community: Port Talbot

Community: Port Talbot

Locality: Talbot Road

Built-Up Area: Port Talbot

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

In 1918 Emily Charlotte Talbot of Margam Park donated a field in the town as a memorial for the dead of the 1st World War (1914-18). The park was laid out in its present form in 1925-6 having cost £13,000.

The fountain is in honour of the doctor, John Hopkin Davies, who was brought to Tai Bach in 1872 by Theodore Talbot of Margam Park. Davies practised in Tai Bach for 48 years until his death in 1920 and was much admired by all. The fountain was erected before his death, in 1910, a rare honour, and £350 was raised through public subscription. The bronzework was designed by Sir W Goscombe John RA. It was originally sited near the old police station in Tai Bach, but was moved to its current position in 1926 when the memorial park was laid out.

Exterior

Granite water fountain with bronze sculpture. Two square piers support a lintel with round arched head. The piers are slightly tapering with moulded bases and Tuscan-style capitals with dentils. The lintel has a pronounced hollow moulding to the underside. Underneath the arch is a stone panel. To the front (S), the upper half bears a bronze bust of John Hopkin Davies. On its L side in relief is 'John Hopkin Davies 1910'. Underneath is a semi-circular water trough with a wide rim and base, the latter continuing from the pier bases. To the rear, the stone panel beneath the arch bears an inscription, 'This fountain erected to John Hopkin Davies, M D, J P, of Tir Caradoc, Port Talbot, by his many grateful friends and admirers, amongst whom he laboured with unfailing kindness for many years, July 1910'. Underneath, a bronze fountain spout has been mounted in the form of 2 stylised rams heads. Plain semi-circular trough below. All mounted on a platform one course high with central semi-circular projections to front and rear.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its bronzework bust by the pre-eminent Welsh sculptor of the period, and for its historic interest. Group value with other features in the park.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* War Memorial
    The focal point of the memorial park, in the centre of the main avenue.
  • II Bandstand
    Located along the main avenue beyond the war memorial.
  • II Lodge 2, Talbot Memorial Park
    One of two matching lodges which are mirror images of each other. Adjoining the E end of the gateway to the park.
  • II Lodge 1, Talbot Memorial Park
    One of two matching lodges which are mirror images of each other. Adjoining the W end of the gateway to the park.
  • II Gateway to Talbot Memorial Park
    Fronting Talbot Road and with flanking lodges.
  • II Carnegie Free Library
    Set back from the N side of the road behind a low forecourt wall of rock-faced grey stone with square capstones, those flanking the entrance with gabled faces.
  • II* Church of St Theodore
    Set within a rectangular walled churchyard, with memorial park to the R and vicarage and mission room to the L.
  • II Dyffryn Chapel
    Located at the S end of Ffrwdwyllt Cottages on the W side of the entrance road to the steelworks.

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