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The Dog Stone

A Grade II Listed Building in Abersychan, Torfaen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7543 / 51°45'15"N

Longitude: -3.0857 / 3°5'8"W

OS Eastings: 325150

OS Northings: 206740

OS Grid: SO251067

Mapcode National: GBR J2.0LJZ

Mapcode Global: VH79K.G5KG

Entry Name: The Dog Stone

Listing Date: 13 December 2010

Last Amended: 13 December 2010

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87618

Location: High up on Mynydd Varteg Fawr, 200m SE from the summit and just to the S of a large mound of stones.

County: Torfaen

Town: Abersychan

Community: Abersychan

Community: Abersychan

Locality: Mynydd Varteg

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Erected to the memory of Carlo, a setter owned by Henry Martyn Kennard of Crumlin Hall. The Kennard family were prominent in the running of the Blaenavon Company during the mid C19. H M Kennard was its director, 1858-72, and served as High Sheriff of Monmouthshire in 1863. Carlo was accidentally killed during a shooting party organised by the Blaenavon Company on the 'Glorious Twelfth' of 1864. Kennard ordered that his dog be buried where he was shot and then arranged for the memorial to be cast, presumably in the Blaenavon Ironworks, and erected over the grave.

Exterior

Memorial, cast iron on concrete plinth. Tall single iron sheet with raised edge and ogee top, base and reinforcing rib on its rear side. At the very top the figure of a resting dog with raised snout is set within a small recess, below is the inscription 'In memory of CARLO, a celebrated setter, the property of H M Kennard Esq, Crumlin Hall, accidentally shot August 12th 1864'.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural and historic interest as a good unusual example of a cast iron memorial slab displaying clear craftmanship, and having a considerable connection to regional social and economic history. It indirectly reflects the importance of the iron industry and the Kennard family in the history of Blaenavon, a town at the forefront of the industrial revolution.

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