National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Statue of Charles Stewart Rolls


Type Statue

     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.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Goscombe John, William Sculptor
Burton, Thames Ditton, A.B. Foundry
Webb, Aston Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 183cm high approx
Pedestal Polished pink granite 213cm high approx
Relief plaques Bronze 44cm high x 59cm wide

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Agincourt Square
Precise location Outside Shire Hall
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO507128
Date of design 1910-11
Year of unveiling 1911
Unveiling details Unveiled on 19th October 1911 by Lord Raglan
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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