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Memorial Obelisk to Lake Vyrnwy Workers

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwddyn, Powys

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Latitude: 52.7639 / 52°45'50"N

Longitude: -3.4525 / 3°27'8"W

OS Eastings: 302089

OS Northings: 319466

OS Grid: SJ020194

Mapcode National: GBR 6L.YV4T

Mapcode Global: WH67T.YS4H

Entry Name: Memorial Obelisk to Lake Vyrnwy Workers

Listing Date: 26 February 2003

Last Amended: 26 February 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 80919

Location: At the high point of wooded ground to the south of the Vyrnwy Hotel, and about 200 m north-east of the Vyrnwy Dam.

County: Powys

Community: Llanwddyn

Community: Llanwddyn

Locality: Cynon-isaf

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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A memorial to 44 workers who died during the construction of Lake Vyrnwy dam and the associated reservoir works, erected by their fellow workmen. Ten were killed in site accidents and 34 died of other causes.


A stone obelisk memorial about eight metres tall, and about 2 metres square at the base. The obelisk is of six courses of slate in rough pecked finish. The die carries an inscription carved in fossiliferous marble on each of the four faces with the names of the deceased, each inscription surrounded by a frame of rough slate. The letters are leaded. The monument stands on a double plinth with a splay and rough base.

Reasons for Listing

A monument of importance to the history of the Vyrnwy Reservoir works; a fine obelisk in the Classical tradition.

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