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Monument to Mollie Davies at Christ Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Cwmamman, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8044 / 51°48'15"N

Longitude: -3.9032 / 3°54'11"W

OS Eastings: 268874

OS Northings: 213463

OS Grid: SN688134

Mapcode National: GBR Y0.XDGZ

Mapcode Global: VH4JC.9XD4

Entry Name: Monument to Mollie Davies at Christ Church

Listing Date: 9 January 1998

Last Amended: 9 January 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19223

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Situated some 10m N of the porch of Christ Church at Garnant.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Ammanford

Community: Cwmamman

Locality: Garnant

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

World War II memorial, in remembrance of Mollie Davies, despatch rider attached to the 6th Welch Regiment; in a style reminiscent of Italian cemetery sculpture.

Exterior

Delicately sculptured limestone monument, some 6' tall, of Mollie Davies wearing full ATS uniform (with inset brass buttons), head slumped limply back with tresses hanging loose, dying in the lap of an angel. Broad plinth, small blocks with pyramid tops at the angles, and pedestal. Sculptured base of monument comprises a rocky outcrop, and set between Mollie's ATS hat (left) and her limp legs and tiny lace shoes (right), the badly eroded inscription reads: "To the ... memory of Mollie despatch rider attached 6th Welch Regt. beloved daughter of Handel and ..... Davies of Union/Upton House, Garnant. Died Feb 17th 1940 in her 19th year." Inset into centre of memorial; small glazed porcelain oval (presumably for photograph) now faded.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare sculptural depiction of female military uniform of the period illustrating the active role of women in C20 warfare. Also for the memorial's unusual historic interest and for its prominent position next to Christ Church.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Christ Church
    Situated some 400m N of A474, on N side of river Amman, in a secluded cul de sac at SE end of Vicar
  • II The Vicarage
    Detached house situated some 50m NW of Christ Church at Twyn, Garnant.
  • II Jims Barber Shop and 207
    Sited on A474 close to W of junction with New School Road; formerly adjoined the E bank of Nant Main
  • II* Old Bethel Chapel
    Located on a remote upland plateau on the N side of the Amman Valley approximately 1 km from the A47
  • II Ty-llwyd Farmhouse
    Farmstead in open countryside on the north side of the Amman valley, approached along a rough track
  • II* Capel Brynseion
    Situated in the centre of Glanamman some 25m S of A474 on the E side of High Street.
  • II Capel Bethania
    Situated some 50m S of A474 on the E side of Brynlloi Road, enclosed by a coped stone boundary wal
  • II Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen War Memorial
    Situated on the N side of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen at the junction of Brynamman Road and New Road.

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