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Vaynor War Memorial and attached railings

A Grade II Listed Building in Vaynor, Merthyr Tydfil

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7607 / 51°45'38"N

Longitude: -3.4005 / 3°24'1"W

OS Eastings: 303440

OS Northings: 207817

OS Grid: SO034078

Mapcode National: GBR HM.0CCD

Mapcode Global: VH6CY.00NL

Entry Name: Vaynor War Memorial and attached railings

Listing Date: 16 June 2003

Last Amended: 16 June 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81200

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Near the centre of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer on the NE side of the High Street.

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Town: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Community: Vaynor

Locality: Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer

Built-Up Area: Merthyr Tydfil

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

War memorial of c1920 to fallen of First World War in unusual late Gothic style.

Exterior

War memorial, Bath stone ashlar, Gothic style tall gabled monument with coped gable, fleur-de-lys ridge and little cross-gables each side with gargoyles at angles. Sides have moulded plinth and one set-off, while centre has tall square-headed pierced panel with inset ashlar tracery: top pointed head with ogee tracery and rosettes in spandrels, main part in filled with ashlar cross with arms just above mid-height and centre square boss monogrammed IHS. Cross stands on a base (still within centre long panel) with moulded top and traceried blind roundel with incised carved spandrels. Roundel has asymmetrically-set smaller roundel within with blank quatrefoil and 2 mouchettes above. High pedestal with chamfered cap, inset with 3 marble panels with names of fallen. Added panel on left side of pedestal with names from 1939-45 war.
Memorial stands on a square platform with 3 steps up and iron railings around, the railings with scrollwork band under top-rail.
Memorial is surrounded on 3 sides by low retaining wall with chamfered coping and iron railings, and railings are continued outward at right angles along pavement line each end. Iron gate into garden behind the memorial. Standards are marked Bayliss Jones & Bayliss & Co.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an unusual war memorial in gothic style, well crafted in Bath stone and within a railed setting.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Carmel Welsh Baptist Chapel and attached schoolroom
    Set back from High Street at splayed junction with Holford Street and Pontycapel Road. Enclosed burial ground.
  • II Hen Dy Cwrdd Unitarian Chapel
    Near the centre of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer on the W side of Old Chapel Road.
  • II Church of St John the Baptist
    In a prominent position on the NE side of New Church Road in Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer.
  • II Old Cefn Bridge
    Situated on the S side of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer crossing the Afon Taff Fechan just N of the present road bridge of the A470.
  • II Old Cefn Bridge
    Situated on the S side of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer crossing the Afon Taff Fechan just N of the present road bridge of the A470.
  • II Pont y Cefn
    Situated on the S side of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer some 0.5km NW of Cyfartha Castle, crossing the Afon Taff Fechan just S of the Old Cefn Bridge.
  • II Pont y Cefn
    Situated on the S side of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer some 0.5km NW of Cyfarthfa Castle, crossing the Afon Taff Fechan just S of the Old Cefn Bridge.
  • II* Cefn Railway Viaduct
    On the SW side of Cefn Coed-y-Cymmer crossing the valley of the Afon Taff Fawr.

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