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Wenvoe War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4471 / 51°26'49"N

Longitude: -3.2645 / 3°15'52"W

OS Eastings: 312219

OS Northings: 172772

OS Grid: ST122727

Mapcode National: GBR HT.N3KX

Mapcode Global: VH6FC.CWJJ

Entry Name: Wenvoe War Memorial

Listing Date: 11 August 2017

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87746

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: In a small memorial park at the centre of Wenvoe village on the W side of Old Port Road, c80m to the north of the St Mary’s church and just to the south of the Wenvoe Arms.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Wenvoe (Gwenfô)

Community: Wenvoe

Built-Up Area: Wenvoe

Traditional County: Glamorgan

History

Erected to commemorate those from Wenvoe who served in World War I. Designed by William Clarke of W Clarke of Llandaff who was living at Upper House in Wenvoe. Work started on 23rd May 1919 with the Carboniferous Limestones used extracted from the Alps Quarry in Wenvoe. Construction was complete by mid November 1919 at a cost of £289:11:4. The names of those killed in World War II were later added.

Exterior

War Memorial. Tall monolithic stone surrounded by 9 irregular smaller kerbstones forming a rustic plinth. Set within a circular paved area with interspersed kerb stones accessed by steps with flank walls from the road. The main monolith and plinth kerbstones have been left in a rough state but with dressed panels for inscriptions. The monolith has a dressed panel on its main E face inscribed ‘TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919’ with below the names of the dead and below these has been added ‘ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945’ with names below. 6 of the plinth kerbstones have been inscribed with the names of those who served in the World War I.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special architectural interest as a well preserved and unusual war memorial displaying fine craftsmanship and a particularly interesting use of local materials. Important for its historical value as a visible reminder of the sacrifice of a community during the major wars of the C20, unusual also for recording the names of all those who served in WWI, not just those who were killed.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Telephone Call-box on Village Green
    Beside pathway in open ground close to boundary wall at south end of village green; Churchyard opposite. Old Port Road along E side.
  • II* Church of St Mary
    In the centre of Wenvoe village, fronting the main thoroughfare, in a roughly rectangular churchyard entered through a stone arch at NE.
  • II The Old Rectory
    In the centre of Wenvoe village, adjacent to the church, set back from the road within gardens, entered through a recessed bay to the front wall.
  • II* Church of St Bleiddian
    In the centre of St Lythans hamlet, set back from the road, reached by a short track and surrounded by a roughly circular walled churchyard incorporating stone stiles.
  • II Former walled kitchen garden wall at Wenvoe Castle- W range
    This section of wall is opposite the main stable entrance.
  • II Former coach-house and stables at Wenvoe Castle
    The stable courtyard forms a large rectangle attached to the back of the former castle.
  • II Barn at Goldsland Farm
    At the centre of a farmyard complex situated some distance to W of Goldsland Farmhouse adjacent to Goldsland Brook.

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