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Statue of Hercules and pedestal at Gloddaeth Hall

A Grade II* Listed Building in Llandudno, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3092 / 53°18'32"N

Longitude: -3.7984 / 3°47'54"W

OS Eastings: 280272

OS Northings: 380643

OS Grid: SH802806

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZX5.GG

Mapcode Global: WH654.M2GY

Entry Name: Statue of Hercules and pedestal at Gloddaeth Hall

Listing Date: 16 March 1976

Last Amended: 6 June 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 5775

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Sited in garden about 50m SE of front of Hall.

County: Conwy

Community: Llandudno

Locality: Gloddaeth Hall

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

C18; formerly sited at the intersection of three straight walks in the wood to South-east of the hall, and moved to its present site in 1990s following restoration. Described in "A trip to Conway and Five Days in North Wales" (1837) as "somewhat mutilated. It is to be regretted that so many conceited individuals have taken the trouble to cut their initials in different parts of this figure" the initials remain. The statue is based upon the much-copied Farnese Hercules, an ancient sculpture believed to be by Glycon, discovered in 1540, and now in the Museo Nazionale Archeologico at Naples. Hercules rests after his labours, with his attributes, a club (seen as a symbol of virtue), and the skin of the Nemean lion which he strangled as the first of his twelve labours.

Exterior

Leaden cast of the Farnese Hercules on pedestal. Muscular naked male figure with beard, leaning on club draped with lion skin to his R. On stone ashlar pedestal.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as rare example of C18 garden statuary.

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