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Statue of C S Rolls, Monmouth

Description: Statue of C S Rolls

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 15 August 1974
Cadw Building ID: 2229

OS Grid Coordinates: 350770, 212846
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8116, -2.7142

Location: Agincourt St, MonmouthMonmouthshire NP25 3DY

Locality: Monmouth
County: Monmouthshire
Country: Wales
Postcode: NP25 3DY

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Listing Text

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

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.


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.

Reason 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.

Keith Kissack, Monmouth and its Buildings, Logaston Press, 2003, p 152.
John Newman, The Buildings of Wales, Gwent/Monmouthshire, Penguin, 2000, p 402.

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

Source: Cadw

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