Sir Thomas Picton Obelisk

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Obelisk
Lettering: Raised
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: West Wales War Memorial Project - "Lord Dynevor chaired the committee that organised the fundraising for the monument, which was designed by John Nash, the King’s Architect. Work began after the laying of the foundation stone on 16 August 1825, and the work was carried out by the local stone mason Daniel Mainwaring. The original monument was designed to be 75 feet high, with an internal staircase leading to a viewing platform, with small cannon at the four corners. Above this rose a pillar which was topped with At the base, there were panels, sculpted by Edward Hodges Baily, showing Picton's exploits and his death at Waterloo, with inscriptions in English and Welsh. The monument was finally completed and dedicated on 29 July 1828, and its dedication was marked by a civic procession which included sixty Waterloo veterans and the local Carmarthen Militia. The original memorial is shown in the postcard above. Sadly within a few years this fine monument had fallen into disrepair, and the finely sculpted panels had begun to fall apart. (One of the replacements for these is currently held by Carmarthen Museum). The entire monument was dismantled in 1846, while plans began again for a replacement. The new monument, which is what remains today, although slightly shorter than it was after repair work in 1988, was designed by Frances Fowler. Building work begun in 1847 on the same spot at the top of Picton Terrace, which was then the main road west out of the town." IWM Register gives 38612 for the original and 38613 for the replacement.
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