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the stations of the cross

Frank Roper – 1914 - 2000

Born at Haworth in Yorkshire, Roper studied art under Henry Moore and later became a sculpture lecturer at Cardiff Art College in 1947. He lived in Penarth and created his own foundry at his home where he made his metal sculptures. Roper is credited with inventing the lost polystyrene casting process which gave his metal sculptures a unique finish. He only ever created one work in wood and that was a carving of St Martin. This was created for St Martin in Roath and remains here today.


St Martin in Roath holds work from every period of his life. The most impressive being the 14 Stations of the Cross. Other major commissions include works at Llandaff, Durham, St David – Pembs and Peterborough Cathedrals.

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