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Statue of C S Rolls

A Grade II* Listed Building in Monmouth, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8121 / 51°48'43"N

Longitude: -2.7155 / 2°42'55"W

OS Eastings: 350770

OS Northings: 212846

OS Grid: SO507128

Mapcode National: GBR FL.X117

Mapcode Global: VH86T.WQ97

Entry Name: Statue of C S Rolls

Location: In the cobbled area in front of the Shire Hall within the town square at the centre of Monmouth.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Monmouth

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Listing Date: 15 August 1974

Last Amended: 10 August 2005

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Building Class: Commemorative

Source ID: 2229

History

Plinth designed by Aston Webb; the statue is by W Goscombe John RA 1911, a memorial to the Hon. Charles Rolls, pioneer of motoring and aviation and one of the two founders of the Rolls Royce Company. Born in 1877, the son of Lord Llangattock of The Hendre near Monmouth, he was killed in a flying accident at Bournemouth in 1910. The plaques on the plinth were cast by A B Burton CCR, founder of Thames Ditton. The statue was unveiled in 1911 by Lord Raglan.

Exterior

The statue is a bronze standing figure of the Hon. Charles Rolls. The plinth is of Shap granite with two square steps and a square base. A further plinth with a slight taper carries three bronze plaques and supports the statue of Rolls which depicts him standing in a tweed suit and gazing quizzically at a model of the bi-plane he was flying when he was killed. The plaques, which are in art-nouveau style, show scenes of Flying, Ballooning and Motor Racing, Rolls' three principal areas of interest.

Reasons for Listing

Included in a high grade for its special interest as a fine statue of one of Monmouth's most famous sons, which was designed by the principal Welsh sculptor of the period.

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