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Picton Monument

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Map ReferenceSN41NW
Grid ReferenceSN4027019951
Unitary (Local) AuthorityCarmarthenshire
Old CountyCarmarthenshire
PeriodPost Medieval
The Picton Monument is a grand obelisk commemorating Thomas Picton, killed at the battle of Waterloo. An earlier, more elabrate monument had been erected here in 1825-8 to a design by Nash, but being built of Roman cement it soon crumbled and was dismantled in 1846. The present 24.2m tall monument was erected in 1888. It is a plain obelisk mounted on a high square pedestal from which diagonal lower plinths project at the angles, all of tooled grey limestone. These were intended to carry lions, but instead bore cannon, since removed. There is an inscription in raised capitals.

The monument was partly rebuilt in 1988 when it was found to incorporate part of the original memorial. This had a statue and bas reliefs. Part of a replacement frieze is now in Carmarthen Museum.

Source: CADW Listed Buildings Database (9503)

John Wiles 19.10.07