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Welsh Newton and Llanrothal War Memorial, Herefordshire

Description: Welsh Newton and Llanrothal War Memorial

Grade: II
Date Listed: 10 May 2013
Building ID: 1414265

OS Grid Reference: SO4992617925
OS Grid Coordinates: 349926, 217925
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8577, -2.7285

Locality: Herefordshire
County: Herefordshire
Postcode: NP25 5RN

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Listing Text


A war memorial, dating from 1920, commemorating the Fallen of both the First and Second World Wars, by Arthur Hall of Monmouth.

Reason for Listing

The war memorial for Welsh Newton and Llanrothal is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community;
* Architectural interest: for the design and craftsmanship of this sombre and dignified memorial.


In 1919, having received £50 back from a £120 contribution made to a Red Cross Hospital during the First World War, the neighbouring parishes of Welsh Newton and Llanrothal debated how they would use the funds to create a memorial to the men of the parishes who had lost their lives in the conflict. It was resolved that the two villages would share a memorial, and the first proposal was for a parish room as a memorial. In the event, however, a memorial cross was raised, sited at the roadside in Welsh Newton, on land given by Mr T Jones of Newton Farm. The war memorial, which was made by Arthur Hall, sculptor and monumental mason of Monmouth from local Buckholt stone, was unveiled in a ceremony on 12 November 1920. The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the memorial after the end of the conflict.


A war memorial, dating from 1920, commemorating the Fallen of both the First and Second World Wars, by Arthur Hall of Monmouth.

The memorial is sculpted from local Buckholt sandstone.

A plain Latin cross, circa 6m high, which has chamfers to the arms, and tapers slightly from the head to the base. It is set directly into the square base, which has depressed fields to two sides. One field is inscribed in black lettering: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918 / THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS OF / WELSH NEWTON AND LLANROTHAL. / RIP / followed by the names of the three men who were killed. The other field is similarly inscribed IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS / PARISH WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR / 1939 – 1945 / followed by the names of the four men who died in that conflict. The base is set on a platform of two steps.

The memorial was cleaned with the help of a grant from the War Memorials Trust in 2010.

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