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Howel Gwyn memorial in churchyard of Church of St Matthew

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6833 / 51°41'0"N

Longitude: -3.8262 / 3°49'34"W

OS Eastings: 273845

OS Northings: 199865

OS Grid: SS738998

Mapcode National: GBR H2.509N

Mapcode Global: VH4JZ.MYLF

Entry Name: Howel Gwyn memorial in churchyard of Church of St Matthew

Listing Date: 22 December 2003

Last Amended: 22 December 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82320

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: In a prominent position in the churchyard of the Church of Saint Matthew, just S of the porch and W of the lychgate.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Neath

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Locality: Dyffryn

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Memorial cross to Howel Gwyn of Dyffryn died 1888, made by Gaffin of Regent St, London. Howel Gwyn was a major figure in the late Victorian history of the Neath region, industrialist with interest particularly in coal tramways, church builder and restorer on a grand scale, creator of the Dyffryn country house estate and donor of public buildings and facilities to Neath.

Exterior

Memorial cross in red Aberdeen granite on tapered pedestal with inscriptions. Cross is a Celtic cross with rope mould to edges, inscription around circle and seven small carved panels with floral motifs, centre of cross with IHS motif. Narrow grey granite plinth over pedestal with inscriptions to Howel Gwyn died 1888 and his wife died 1900. Side panels have inscribed texts. Grey granite plinth below. Red granite kerb around.

Reasons for Listing

Included as the prominent centrepiece of the churchyard, in line with the lychgate, and for group value as part of a late Victorian estate church ensemble.

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