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Memorial to George Thomas Clark
St Anne's church, Talygarn, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Wales, UK
Memorial to George Thomas Clark
associated engineer
George Thomas Clark
date  circa 1898
UK era  Victorian  |  category  Monument to Engineer  |  reference  ST025801
photo   Stephen K. Jones
Born and raised in London, the son of the Chaplain of the Royal Military Asylum in Chelsea, George Thomas Clark (1809-98) was something of a polymath. He started out in medicine, and went on to become a civil engineer, ironmaster, philanthropist, and antiquary noted for his studies in castles, military history and genealogy.
Clark turned to engineering in the mid 1830s, working as an assistant to Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59), before travelling to India to work on rail and sewerage projects. However, he is perhaps best known for transforming the fortunes of Dowlais Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales. Under Clark, Dowlais obtained the first licence (1856) to use the Bessemer process of steelmaking.
In 1889, St Anne's church at Talygarn, Glamorgan (now Rhondda Cynon Taff) was established by Clark to the west of his own estate. It is dedicated to St Anne in his wife's memory, and she is buried nearby. Clark is also buried there. Inside the church is a memorial plaque in glazed and faience tilework with a marble surround.
The memorial plaque reads:
"In memory of George Thomas Clark of Talygarn. High Sheriff for Glamorgan in 1867. For many years Resident Trustee of the Dowlais Iron Works, which attained under his direction to a high degree of prosperity. He took a leading part in establishing the Volunteer forces in Wales, and was Colonel of the 2nd Battalion of the Glamorgan Rifles, He was an eminent Antiquarian and a high authority on Archaeological subjects. Born 26th May 1809. Died 31st January 1898. Also of Anne Price his beloved wife, daughter of Henry Lewis of Greenmeadow, Born 7th August 1819. Died 6th April 1885."
Research: ECPK
Peter Cross-Rudkin and Mike Chrimes eds., "Clark, George Thomas (1809-1898)", A Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers in Great Britain and Ireland, 2008, Volume 2: 1830-1890, Thomas Telford Publishing Limited, Institution of Civil Engineers, London, pp.173175
Brian Ll. James, "Clark, George Thomas (18091898)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004
"Death of Mr G.T. Clark, Talygarn", Cardiff Times, 5th February 1898

Memorial to George Thomas Clark