Plaque

Evan Evans Bevan

Inscription

FIDE ET FIDUCIA
DOMUM HANC IN PIAM MEMORIAM
EVAN EVANS BEVAN NIDIANI
SUIS SUMPTIBUS
AEDIFICANDAM CURAVIT FILIUS
D M EVANS BEVAN NIDIANUS
MCMXXXVII

{Translated from the Latin:}
In devoted memory of Evan Evans Bevan-Nidian, his son D. M. Evans Bevan-Nidian, in faith and confidence, arranged for the building of this house at his own expense. 1937

{This stone plaque is surmounted by a charming heraldic symbol in stone profile embedded in the flint wall. A Welsh dragon (?) standing atop a castellated tower and holding something.}

David Hopkins has kindly provided the translation for us. Dave says "I was puzzled by the word Nidianus/i, which appears after his name and after his son’s, and each time has a dot in front of it. I hadn’t heard of it before, but on Google I managed to find an old Welsh name “Nidian” and a couple of living people with Nidian as their given name. So I’m guessing that Nidian here is an additional family name and the dot represents a hyphen. (It doesn’t help that Google is convinced I mean “Indian”!)

2020: Via Facebook Deb Fisher pointed out that Neath, the place in Wales from which the family came, was Nidum to the Romans. This may well explain the word Nidianus/i.

Site: London House - WC1 (5 memorials)

WC1, Mecklenburgh Square

The building was erected 1935 -63, designed by Sir Herbert Baker and Scott and their successor Helbing. These memorials are all inside what is normally a private quadrangle but we managed to gain access on the weekend of the 2007 Open Squares Event.

The 70th anniversary plaque can be seen from outside, peering through the gate, on the left. The armillary sphere is in the quadrangle, on the north side, directly in line with the gate. The bust is on the south façade, the clock in the north west corner, the Latin text on the east façade.

Our picture of the building, taken from the Goodenough College website, is of one of the Queen's visits.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Evan Evans Bevan

Subjects commemorated i

Evan Evans Bevan

Mine-owner in Dulais Valley, Wales, near Neath. Named his mine after his seve...

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David Martyn Evans-Bevan

Son of Evan.  Roots Web provides: "1st Baronet 1958. Governor of London House...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Evan Evans Bevan

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70th Anniversary of Goodenough College

70th Anniversary of Goodenough College

This tablet was unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 70th Anniversar...

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75th Anniversary of Goodenough College

75th Anniversary of Goodenough College

{On one of the rings:} By wisdom a house is built and through understanding ...

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Frederick Craufurd Goodenough

Frederick Craufurd Goodenough

In a niche over the original central entrance (now mainly disused in favour o...

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Vernon Helbing

Vernon Helbing

The clock itself is quite high. Down at eye level there is a small plaque wit...

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