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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ruthin, Denbighshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1147 / 53°6'52"N

Longitude: -3.3087 / 3°18'31"W

OS Eastings: 312504

OS Northings: 358303

OS Grid: SJ125583

Mapcode National: GBR 6S.7SXH

Mapcode Global: WH779.4ZQ2

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 30 December 2005

Last Amended: 30 December 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87355

Location: Set back on the pavement on Wynnstay Road, with Denbighshire County Council offices immediately to the NE.

County: Denbighshire

Town: Ruthin

Community: Ruthin (Rhuthun)

Community: Ruthin

Locality: Market Street & Wynnstay Road

Built-Up Area: Ruthin

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

Built c1920. The monument was originally surrounded by iron railings, with fine views of the Clwydian Hills to the rear. The rear railings were replaced by a stone wall later, when buildings blocked the view.

Exterior

Celtic-cross style monument constructed of grey concrete resembling unpolished granite: tapering pillar surmounted by a wheel-cross decorated with inter-lace work, on a base with curved sides and stepped top moulding. The upper part of the pillar contains a blind arch with ropework surround, bearing a figure of St Michael in relief, and reading 'St Michael' below. The lower part of the pillar has an inverted dagger in relief, and interlace work; there is an inscription to each side reading: 'To the glory of God and in memory of those from this borough who fell in the war 1914-18, their name liveth forever more'. The base bears the names of the men who died. It is on a low square plinth with rounded corners which has an inscription across the front.

The monument is set within an enclosure bound by iron railings to the front and sides, and a curved stone wall to the rear. The cast iron railings have heavy plain uprights and additional rails beneath top rail and above bottom rail; square newel posts with domed finials; the rails are dentilled where they pass round the newel posts; single gates to N and S sides. The railings are on a low pecked stone plinth. Curved wall to rear, of snecked red sandstone with square end piers. Set into the wall are 3 granite tablets, those to L and R dedicated to those who died in World War II (1939-45); that to centre is to a soldier who died in the Falklands Campaign, 1982. Slate floor within enclosure.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its social-historic interest as a World War I memorial, well-preserved and with unusual detail.

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