Pierce Memorial - Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales.
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Quick Description: A towering monument to Dr Evan Pierce, whose statue tops the 70 feet tall column. Three bronze reliefs by Mario Raggi depict the various charitable acts of Dr. Pierce. The monument located in the Historic Market Town of Denbigh, Clwyd, North Wales
Location: North Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 8/11/2017 1:45:38 AM
Waymark Code: WMWBZY
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
A larger than life statue of Dr Evan Pierce located in a small memorial park. Dr. Evans, stands atop a tall column over 22 metres tall, that can be seen above the trees & rooftops of surrounding buildings.

The Square plinth at the base of the tower, features three bronze reliefs by Mario Raggi, cast in 1975, which depict the various charitable acts of Dr. Pierce.
From inscriptions below each bronze relief panel: MERCY INTERCEDING WITH JUSTICE, HEALING THE SICK, & FEEDING THE HUNGRY."

Full details of the sculpture can be read below & viewed on the Public Monuments & Sculpture Association (PMSA) website: (visit link)

    "Sicilian marble figure of Dr. Pierce on tall column standing on moulded pedestal with bronze reliefs. Male standing figure with right leg slightly forward holding rolled sheaf of papers in left hand. Right arm flexed with fingers holding waistcoat. (NB: Lightning conductor behind statue). Three bronze reliefs by Mario Raggi depict the various charitable acts of Dr. Pierce. Column has an octagonal base and stands on a square plinth with moulded base and top. This is raised up on a square stepped platform of six steps.

     In 1872, after he had been a doctor in the town for 40 years, a number of his admirers formed a committee with the purpose of commemorating his service to the community as a J.P., Mayor and physician. Dr. Pierce himself favoured a scholarship at the local grammar school. The result was a statue with the limestone column quarried from Denbigh.

     Dr Evan Pierce (1808-1895) was born in a small village just outside Denbigh and attended Denbigh Grammar School. He undertook his medical training at Edinburgh University and qualified in 1832. On his return to Denbigh that year he was faced with a cholera epidemic that had claimed 300 lives in one month. He joined other local doctors in caring for the sick and after hard work the epidemic was finally brought under control. He established a practice in Denbigh and bought a house directly opposite the present monument (the building was demolished in 1953). He became a member of Denbigh Town Council in 1848 and was Town Mayor for four years in succession, 1866-1870. He died in 1895 and is buried in Denbigh.

Inscriptions
Incised on bronze panel on front of pedestal: ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / IN HONOUR OF / EVAN PIERCE ESQ., M.D. ST AND.. / F.R.C.S., M.R.C.S. ED., L.S.A. LOND., M.F.P. AND S. GLASG. / HER MAJESTY'S CORONER FOR THE COUNTY OF DENBIGH: / ALDERMAN OF DENBIGH, / A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, / AND FOR FIVE SUCCESSIVE YEARS / MAYOR OF THE BOROUGH. / AS A MAGISTRATE, AN ABLE AND JUST ADMINISTRATOR OF THE LAW: / AS A CORONER, INDEPENDENT AND UNFLINCHING / IN THE DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTIES: / AS A PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON LEARNED AND SKILFUL: / AS A MAN EVER READY TO DO GOOD UNTO ALL. / TO THE POOR AND LOWLY, AS WELL AS TO THE RICH AND MIGHTY. / IN SEASONS OF GREAT PERIL- AS DURING THE CHOLERA EPIDEMIC OF 1832- / INTREPID AND DEVOTED IN HIS ATTENDANCE ON THE SUFFERERS: / CONSPICUOUS BOTH AS A CONTRIBUTOR AND CO-OPERATOR IN / EDUCATIONAL, PUBLIC, AND CHARITABLE UNDERTAKINGS: / INDEED IN EVERY SENSE A PHILANTHROPIST, A PATRIOT, AND A CHRISTIAN. / THE FOUNDATION STONE OF THIS MONUMENT WAS LAID BY / THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF DENBIGHSHIRE, / ON THE 22ND DECEMBER 1874: / THE STATUE WAS UNVEILED BY / SIR WILLIAM GRENVILLE WILLIAMS. BART.. OF BODELWYDDAN. / ON THE 23RD NOVEMBER 1876. Inscriptions below bronze relief panel: MERCY INTERCEDING WITH JUSTICE Inscription below bronze relief panel: HEALING THE SICK Inscription below bronze relief panel: FEEDING THE HUNGRY." Text source: (visit link)
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Date Sculpture was opened for vewing?: 1/1/1875

Website for sculpture?: [Web Link]

Where is this sculpture?:
Pierce Memorial - Vale Street, Denbigh, Clwyd, Wales.


Sculptors Name: Mario Raggi

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