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War Memorial

A Grade II* Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9325 / 52°55'56"N

Longitude: -3.057 / 3°3'25"W

OS Eastings: 329051

OS Northings: 337755

OS Grid: SJ290377

Mapcode National: GBR 73.M7Y2

Mapcode Global: WH89J.0KL7

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20202

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: The war memorial is set on a traffic island at the junction of Station Avenue with Church Street, near the centre of Chirk

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Built-Up Area: Chirk

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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History

The memorial was designed by the noted designer and sculptor Eric Gill and set up in 1919-1920 after the Great War, commissioned by Lord Howard de Walden of Chirk Castle. A further inscription was added after 1945.

Exterior

A simple tapered square obelisk of Portland Stone set on a round nosed low step, the riser curved back. The top of the obelisk is gabled at 45 degrees on each angle. On the S face there is a bas-relief hunched figure of a great-coated and helmeted soldier, holding his rifle and bayonet. Below, an elegantly lettered inscription to the 'habitants & indwellers of the parish of Chirk' who died in the conflict of 1914-1919. On the sides, the names of 66 men, also carved in bold Roman capitals. On the rear, the inscription in Welsh to 'Wyr y Waun'. Below the names of 19 men killed in the 1939-1945 war have been added. Around the monument and below the inscriptions, cut in larger capitals, the further, slightly plaintive, inscription 'AND IN RIGHTEOUNESS HE DOTH JUDGE & MAKE WAR REV.XIX'

Reasons for Listing

Included at II* as a remarkable war memorial by a pre-eminent British sculptor and designer, where great dignity has been achieved by the austerity of the form, the pathos of the figured relief and the spare elegance of the lettering. A monument occupying a prominent position in the Chirk conservation area.

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