Statue of Charles Stewart Rolls
Full-length statue of C.S. Rolls dressed in long boots, cap, and short jacket as if preparing for flight. He is holding a model of a Wright biplane, the plane in which he was killed. Decorative bas-relief plaques depict scenes of motoring, flying and ballooning.
Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910) was the third son of Lord Llangattock of The Hendre, Monmouth. He obtained a degree of Mechanics and applied science and set up a London car sales and repair firm. He joined with the engineer Frederick Henry Royce and formed the famous partnership. He also became interested in aviation and in June 1910 made his double Channel crossing. He was killed in a flying accident at Bournemouth in July 1910.
Incised on front of pedestal and painted gold: CHARLES STEWART ROLLS / M A F R G S / A M I MECH E / BORN AUG 27 1877 / DIED JULY 12 1910
Incised on rear of pedestal: ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / TO THE MEMORY OF / THE HONBLE CHARLES STEWART ROLLS / THIRD SON OF LORD AND LADY LLANGATTOCK / AS A TRIBUTE OF ADMIRATION / FOR HIS GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS / IN MOTORING BALLOONING AND AVIATION / HE WAS A PIONEER / IN BOTH SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL / MOTORING AND AVIATION / AND THE FIRST TO FLY ACROSS THE CHANNEL / FROM ENGLAND TO FRANCE / AND BACK WITHOUT LANDING / HE LOST HIS LIFE / BY THE WRECKING OF HIS AEROPLANE / AT BOURNEMOUTH JULY 12 1910 / HIS DEATH CAUSED WORLD-WIDE REGRET / AND DEEP NATIONAL SORROW Incised on lower part of pedestal: THIS STATUE WAS UNVEILED ON OCT 19 1911 / BY / COLONEL THE RIGHT HONBLE LORD RAGLEN C B / WILLIAM SAMBROOK ESQ / MAYOR
A bronze plaque under the inscription on the front face of the pedestal marks 27 August 1977 when a large number of cars belonging to the Twenty Ghost Club and the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club drove past the statue to commemorate the centenary of the birth of C.S. Rolls.
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