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Walker Memorial Lychgate at the Church of St Stephen and St Tathan

A Grade II Listed Building in Caerwent, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6111 / 51°36'39"N

Longitude: -2.7687 / 2°46'7"W

OS Eastings: 346870

OS Northings: 190531

OS Grid: ST468905

Mapcode National: GBR JH.9N9J

Mapcode Global: VH7B9.YRPT

Entry Name: Walker Memorial Lychgate at the Church of St Stephen and St Tathan

Listing Date: 29 March 2000

Last Amended: 29 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23035

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: At the entrance to the Church of St Stephen and St Tathan in the centre of Caerwent village.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Newport

Community: Caerwent (Caer-went)

Community: Caerwent

Built-Up Area: Caerwent

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

This lychgate was built in 1902 and was designed by G E Halliday (faculty). It is a memorial to Thomas Walker, engineering contractor, who died in 1899 and is buried in the churchyard near the gate. He worked widely, the plaque on the gate records that it was erected 'by members of his staff on the Manchester Ship Canal, Severn Tunnel, Buenos Aires harbour, and other works', but particularly in this context as contractor of the Severn Tunnel which he built for the Great Western Railway 1879-86. He lived during the construction of the tunnel at Mount Ballan, a house about 1km to the south-east of the church, which is now in Portskewett Community (qv).

Exterior

The lychgate has parallel dwarf walls of coursed squared white rock-faced limestone rubble with red sandstone ashlar ends and capping. Moulded top carries an oak plate supporting four oak posts which carry a gabled roof. This has four kingpost trusses with curved braces, scalloped bargeboards and a tiled roof. The gate is double and revolves about a central axis which is fixed into the beam above.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its group value with the Church of St Stephen and St Tathan and for its historic interest as a memorial to Thomas Walker.

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