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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
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
Built-Up Area: Pontypridd
Traditional County: Glamorgan
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'.
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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