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South African War Memorial

A Grade II* Listed Building in Castle, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4845 / 51°29'4"N

Longitude: -3.1791 / 3°10'44"W

OS Eastings: 318222

OS Northings: 176831

OS Grid: ST182768

Mapcode National: GBR KJK.3T

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.VY6C

Entry Name: South African War Memorial

Location: At S end of Avenue, between City Hall and the Law Courts.

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Listing Date: 25 January 1966

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Building Class: Commemorative

Source ID: 13745


By Albert Toft, sculptor. Unveiled 20 November 1909, by General Sir John French. Memorial to "Welshmen who died in South Africa, 1900-1902.". Seated figures to sides derived from Michelangelo.


Memorial consisting of bronze figures on a tall Portland Stone plinth on square base of granite steps with, at each corner, on plinth, metal lampstand with glass globe. Standing windblown winged figure of Peace bearing a olive tree (dove vandalised 1993). Seated male figure (Warfare) on south-west side, right hand grasping a short sword and left upper arm resting against a shield. Seated female figure (Grief) on north-east side with left arm resting on a shield and left hand holding a wreath. Inscription to S side of plinth.

Reasons for Listing

Graded II* as important National Memorial by prominent sculptor, on key site between two Grade I buildings. Group value.

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