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Crawshay Obelisk SW of Castle Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Latitude: 51.5924 / 51°35'32"N

Longitude: -3.3237 / 3°19'25"W

OS Eastings: 308400

OS Northings: 189000

OS Grid: ST084890

Mapcode National: GBR HR.BST6

Mapcode Global: VH6DR.B7RM

Entry Name: Crawshay Obelisk SW of Castle Bridge

Listing Date: 26 February 2001

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24870

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Within a small garden overlooking the River Taff on the SW side of Castle Bridge.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Locality: Treforest

Built-Up Area: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Dated 1844 and erected by Francis Crawshay of Forest House, proprietor of the Treforest Tinplate Works. It was probably intended to be a boundary marker and is inscribed with the names of both Francis and Henry Crawshay, sons of William Crawshay II of Cyfarthfa Castle in Merthyr. The obelisk is based on measurements made of an ancient Egyptian prototype. Its use here reflects Crawshay's antiquarian interests, which were typical of men of his generation and class.


A tall freestone obelisk with square base and stepped plinth. The obelisk is inscribed 'F Crawshay' on the N side and 'H Crawshay' on the S. The base is inscribed '1844' to the W side. An inscription on the plinth reads: 'I am a model of the only obelisk now standing at Heliopolis On of the scriptures Erected by Osortseen 1st'.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for historical interest as an unusual landmark and for its association with one of the foremost industrial families of C19 S Wales.

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