WELSH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL

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Reference WMO116638

Address:

Alexandra Gardens

King Edward VII Avenue

Cardiff

Wales

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Composite
Materials:
  • Stone Portland stone
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The Memorial is Listed Grade II* Designer – Sir John Ninian Comper Sculptor – Alfred Bertram Pegram Casting of Statues – B. Burton Foundry The Welsh National War Memorial in Alexandra Gardens is of exceptional quality and forms an imposing focal point. It commemorates those who fell in the Great War. Construction work began in March 1926 and the completed memorial was unveiled by the then Prince of Wales in June 1928. Consisting of a circular colonnade of 21 unfluted Corinthian columns with three projecting rectangular porticos. Built of Portland stone the columns are joined by a continuous entablature. There is an inscription to the frieze internally, in English, which reads; “Remember here in Peace those who in Tumult of War by Sea, on Land, in Air, for us and for our Victory endured unto Death” On the exterior to the frieze the Welsh inscription reads; “I Feibion Cymru A Rhoddes Eu Bywyd Dros Eu Gwlad Yn Rhyfel MCMXIV – MCMXVIII With the inscription to each Porch reading; “Dros For Fe Droes I Farw” “Ger Y Ffos Yn Gorffwyso” “Yn Y Nwyfren Yn Hofran” Within the gated porticos, three steps lead down to a circular space within which is set a circular fountain basin with a podium at its centre. Ringed by three shorter Corinthian columns between each, stand three bronze figures; a soldier, an airman and a sailor, facing each of the Porticoes. Each figure holds a wreath above towards the bronze winged messenger Archangel Michael, representing Victory and who in turn is standing on the podium holding a sword aloft. Three leaping dolphins stream water down below to three overflowing bowls, whilst six lion heads stream more water into the bowls. R M Swan
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