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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Y Felinheli, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1862 / 53°11'10"N

Longitude: -4.2067 / 4°12'24"W

OS Eastings: 252646

OS Northings: 367732

OS Grid: SH526677

Mapcode National: GBR 5L.3BL0

Mapcode Global: WH54D.C51Q

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 April 1997

Last Amended: 18 April 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18335

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: Situated diagonally set to main road, in corner of the grounds of Church House, by the road running SE to the former railway station.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Y Felinheli

Community: Y Felinheli

Built-Up Area: Y Felinheli

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

1925-6 First World War Memorial by Segar Owen of Warrington and London (architect to Lord Lever at Port Sunlight, Cheshire). Built by J. M. Jones of Amlwch. Unveiled in 1926, after considerable discussion about the form a memorial should take. A Memorial Hall was opened the same year. The site for the memorial was donated by the Trustees of the Vaynol Estate and the directors of the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company. A plaque was added subsequently to commemorate the dead of the 1939-45 war.

Exterior

Clock tower in Anglesey granite, rock-faced to main part, but ashlar to top clock-stage and cap. Square plan with chamfered angles. Plinth, shaft and clock-stage. Plinth and shaft are rock-faced, cut-back at leading angles. Main front inset bronze plaque, recessed with rebated upper angles. Inscription to the dead of the 1914-18 war with the dedication in both Welsh and English. Above is recessed gilded cross. Below is added bronze plaque to 19 men killed in the 1939-45 war. The N and S sides have smaller inset bronze rectangular plaques with names of 46 men killed in the First World War. Rear has painted ledged door presumably for access to clock mechanism. Ashlar clock stage is set back with coved plinth, four round clock-faces and laurel pendants on each chamfered angle. Moulded pediments above and ogee square dome with fishscale carved bands, topped with bronze cross.

Under the S face at ground level is a slate plaque to a soldier of the Welch Guards killed in Scotland on 24 February 1981.

Reasons for Listing

A handsome memorial clock-tower by an important early C20 architect.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Former Railway Station
    At the end of a short road running SE off Stryd Bangor from the War Memorial.
  • II Cae Gwyn
    Situated towards NE of Y Felinheli on SE side of main road, Stryd Bangor, some 100m NE of the War Memorial and next to Ffinfa. Set behind stone front wall with Gothic timber gate.
  • II Ffinfa
    Situated on the SE side of main road, Stryd Bangor, NE of the War Memorial and between No 1 Bodarborth and Cae Gwyn. Set behind contemporary stone wall with panelled timber gate.
  • II Former Dock Offices at Y Felinheli
    At bottom of road from village to harbour, on S side of harbour, opposite drawbridge.
  • II Bodarborth
    Situated on the SE side of main road, Stryd Bangor, some 200m NE of the War Memorial. Set behind contemporary low stone walls with matching timber gates.
  • II No. 2 Bodarborth
    Situated on the SE side of main road, Stryd Bangor, some 200m NE of the War Memorial. Set behind contemporary low stone walls with matching timber gates.
  • II Arvonia
    Situated in the centre of Y Felinheli, some 150m SW of War Memorial, on the SE side of main street.
  • II South Dock and quay walls at Y Felinheli
    Situated to the S of the main dock system at Y Felinheli. The dock wall runs from the Garddfon Inn in the S to the lock gates in the N.

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