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

Caldicot Cross

Summary

Type Cross , War Memorial

     5 metre high twin columns of stacked slate on square stepped slate base. The cross comprises thousands of individually cut and shaped pieces of Welsh slate, mined from the Llechwedd slate quarries at Blaenau Ffestiniog.
     Information from Cywaith Cymru : Artworks Wales: 'Work was commissioned to provide a focus for the area known as 'The Cross' which marks the limit of the pedestrianised area in Caldicot town centre, and to record permanently the names of sixteen war dead. A celtic cross previously stood on this site and was used in 1741 by John Wesley to preach from. The artist's aim for his design was "to make a contemporary piece of sculpture within a long-established tradition of markers and focal points in the Welsh landscape." The work was funded by the Welsh Development Agency and Monmouth Borough Council. The slate was sponsored by Greaves Welsh Slate Co. Ltd., Blaenau Ffestiniog. The work won the SWALEC best lighting heritage award.
    

Inscriptions

Names of war dead incised around edge of upper step

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bowcott, Howard Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
None None None
Base and cross Slate 500cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MONMOUTH008 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Other
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Surface damage
Road The Cross
Precise location At one end of pedesterianised area of Caldicot town centre
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST479885
Date of design March-September 1995
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details 1995
Commissioned by Monmouth Borough Council
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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