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Welsh National War Memorial, Castle

Description: Welsh National War Memorial

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 January 1966
Cadw Building ID: 13742

OS Grid Coordinates: 318136, 177063
Latitude/Longitude: 51.4861, -3.1792

Location: Castle, Cardiff, Cardiff CF10 3NE

Locality: Castle
County: Cardiff
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF10 3NE

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Listing Text

In centre of Alexandra Gardens.

1924-28 by Sir J Ninian Comper. The architect, better known for his work in the Gothic style, said he had been inspired by Roman architecture in the cities of Tunisia. The bronze sculpture is by Bertram Pegram (who also contributed to attic sculpture at National Museum).


A circular colonnade of unfluted Corinthian columns with 3 projecting rectangular porticos; inscription to frieze in English (exterior), and Welsh (interior). At porticos (gated with iron gates) 3 short flights of steps lead down to a circular space within which is set a circular fountain basin, in the centre of which, in turn is a three-sided podium. The lower part of the podium is rectangular and the upper part circular with projecting columns echoing the shape of the outer colonnade; base of colonnade lined internally with stone seats. The 3 bays of the upper part of the podium have 3 bronze statutes of servicemen (representing the 3 services) bearing wreaths; the top of the column is surmounted by a bronze statue of a nude male figure representing victory; bronze dolphins below.

Reason for Listing
Graded II* as major national monument by a leading architect of the period, on key site in civic centre.

J Newman, Glamorgan (Buildings of Wales Series), 1995, p233.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

In centre of Alexandra Gardens.

Source: Cadw

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