Y Tabernacl Aberystwyth

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Reference #252746

Address:

Powell street

Aberystwyth

SY23 1QQ

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Angel sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Stone (any)
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Raised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Courtesy of Ceredigion Museum: A committee of Tabernacl members decided to commission a memorial to members of Tabernacl who lost their lives during the First World War. One of the Committee members, T.D. Jenkins of Bodhyfryd, Bridge Street was involved in the decision to appoint a sculptor to design it. Jenkins had served in France and Italy during the war, and, it seems, decided to find an Italian sculptor to carry out the work since he considered them to be the best. It appears that he recommended Professor Mario Rutelli of Palermo (1859-1941) "one of the most brilliant sculptors of the day". It was unveiled on 6th July, 1921. T.D. Jenkins obviously thought a lot of Rutelli's work. He not only paid the £500 the Tabernacl memorial cost. The memorial is situated at the rear of the new block of flats, which has been constructed on the old site of the Tabernacl, which was raised to the ground in a fire in the early 2000's. The rear is not accessed by Mill street, but Powell street via George street. The memorial features a bronze figure, tunic-clad, with a wreath it its hair, standing with one foot on a bronze sphere, and clasping a bundle of palms in its arms: "...in the act of alighting on the earth to impart the news of victory and peace to all ....the palms symbols of the victories won by the sacrifice of the young men whose names are inscribed on the plaques.
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"Er cof am/ wroniaid/ Eglwys y Tabernacl/ Aberystwyth/ Y Rhyfel Mawr 1914-18" (In memory of / the heroes / of Tabernacl church, Aberystwyth / the First World War 1914-1918)

1914-1918 David Rees Davies, K.S.L.I. John Humphrey Edwards, 26th Royal Fusiliers David Henry Felix, 1st Welch Regiment James John Herbert Howard, 16th R.W.F. John Hugh Joel, Machine Gun Corps Evan Richard Jones, Welch Regiment Trevor Jones, R.A.M.C.William Jones, London Rifles Richard David Millman, R.F.A. Robert Owen, 16th RWF Henry Morgan Richards, 15th Welch Regiment Evan David Rowlands, 16th R.W.S. William Edward Williams, 51st Battalion AIF Albert Young, Welsh Guards 1939-1945 Brinley Edwards Meirion Edwards W Glynn Edwards Eric Glynn Evans Lewis Gobert Jones

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