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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Caerphilly (Caerffili), Caerphilly

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Latitude: 51.5755 / 51°34'31"N

Longitude: -3.2177 / 3°13'3"W

OS Eastings: 315712

OS Northings: 186998

OS Grid: ST157869

Mapcode National: GBR HW.CWYG

Mapcode Global: VH6DT.5NSK

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 February 1999

Last Amended: 18 February 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21378

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: In a prominent position opposite Caerphilly Castle, at the junction of Castle Street and Market Street.

County: Caerphilly

Town: Caerphilly

Community: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Caerphilly

Locality: Caerphilly Centre

Built-Up Area: Caerphilly

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Commemorating those who fell in the Great War 1914-19, with an addition to those who died in World War II (1939-45). A third plaque records two soldiers who died in Northern Ireland. The memorial is reminiscent of the war memorials by Lutyens, such as the Whitehall Cenotaph and Manchester Memorial.


Massive square-section pillar of polished grey granite. The upper section is slightly stepped in, below a shallow capping stone with roll mouldings. The angles of the pillar are cut away with fillets, emphasising the height. On a short base of unpolished granite, on a 3-tier stone platform which is surrounded by low hollow-section steel railings.

The memorials are on the S face of the pillar beneath the dates 1914 - 1919 incribed in gold letters. A rectangular bronze plaque reads 'To the glory of god in memory of the men of Caerphilly who laid down their lives in the Great War'. The men are recorded below in 3 columns. A smaller bronze plaque underneath reads 'In memory of our townspeople who lost their lives in World War II 1939-1945. We will remember them.' Those who died, including civilians, are listed. At the bottom is a third plaque in memory of 2 men who died in Northern Ireland in 1971 and 1972. All three plaques are framed.

Towards the top of the N and S faces is a circular bronze plaque depicting the leaning SE tower of the castle, within a wreath and surrounded by a frame. A pair of bronze spears are mounted on the E and W faces, between which is the motto 'better death than dishonour'.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a fine war memorial of historic interest located in a prominent position.

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  • II The Court House
    Set back from Cardiff Road on a sharp bend. Town centre position overlooking S lake to Caerphilly Castle at rear.
  • I Caerphilly Castle
    On a low-lying marshy site surrounded by hills to the N, S and W. Two streams, the Nant Gledyr and Nant yr Aber, cross the area and drain into the R Rhymney which flows towards the E. These streams
  • II Van Road United Reformed Church
    On corner with Goodrich Street.
  • II Twyn County Junior School
    Located in the angle of East View and Southern Street. Surrounded by the playground, with the infants school of 1906 immediately to the W.
  • II Caerphilly Workmen's Hall and Institute
    Facing the NE corner of Caerphilly Castle, fronting Castle Street with Bedwas Road to the rear.
  • II Memorial to David Williams
    In the park overlooking the lake immediately S of Caerphilly Castle.
  • II Wesley Methodist Church
    Located at the junction of Crescent Road and St Fagan's Street, just W of the town centre. Set into the slope with elevated entry over basement area.
  • II Church of St Martin
    Located on the S side of Caerphilly town at the junction of Mountain Road and St Martins Road, just N of the railway station.

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