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The Fountain, Merthyr Tydfil

Yes, I have received my Sigma 10-20 lens at last. Thrilled with it, just have to learn to use it properly now.


One of the iconic features of Merthyr, recently refurbished and re-sited close to St Tydfil's church(in the background).

The fountain was commissioned to celebrate Robert Thomas (1770-1829) and Lucy Thomas (1781-1847) of Waunwyllt. They successfully mined the deep-seam coal around Merthyr and marketed it in the expanding steam-powered industries in Wales and England. One of the donor’s of the fountain, Sir W.T. Lewis, married Thomas’s granddaughter.


Eight fluted columns carry eight semi-circular arches. Pierced foliage spandrels, dragon finials and a hemispherical dome of pierced foliage panels, crowned with a statuette of Samson, emblematic of strength. Decorative shields in the spandrel arches depict figures of miners and other symbols of the coal industry. The fountain is painted black and gold.”


Commissioned by Sir W.T. Lewis and William Thomas Rees


Grade II Listed status.


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Taken on March 10, 2011