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North Wales Heroes Memorial
Street: Deiniol Road (NW side)
Listing: Grade: II
Name/Number: North Wales Heroes memorial
Other Resources:
View The Panels in the Arch Here
Cofeb y Dewrion (lists with photographs and narative the men of Bangor that died in the Great War)
Old film footage (b/w no sound) of the opening of the gates of the Arch 12.05pm (Pathe Website)
Opening Ceremony Programme (1923)
Old picture of early rememberance day

At a splayed angle across the corner with Glanrafon Hill. Dated 1923; architect D Wynne Thomas. The assessors of the competition were Lord Plymouth and Sir Aston Webb and the rules stated that the Memorial must be in the form of a building with sculpture as a feature; opened by Edward, Prince of Wales on November 1st 1923. Tudor 2-storey gateway. ashlar masonry with crenellated parapet, cornice, panelled band, at 1st floor level with sunk shields, and plinth; taller octagonal stair tower to right with arched headed lights. Parapet and cornice are splayed out over spandreled and transomed oriel window with leaded panes; carved bosses to cornice above window (those to either side are uncarved) and panelled apron below with Welsh inscription. Slightly set back 4-centred arched central entrance with foliage carved spandrels and dragon stopped label; timber gates. Paired windows to either side. Similar rear (N side). Panelled band continued around left side with advanced centre and 2-light spandrel and transom window under Tudor label. 2-stop-chamfered beams with stone corbels to passageway. Porters door to left with window; similar door to right with coat of arms. Foundation stone inscribed with architect's name and inscribed plaque stating that it was erected "..... in memory of the men of North Wales who fell in the Great War 1914-18". The rectangular upper room reached by stone staircase has all round wood carved panels listing the 8,500 names by Parish. Double bronze doors with coats of arms and panelled ceiling with broad ribs.

References:
Official Guide to Bangor N Wales, p7 (n.d.).
University College of North Wales Centenary Publication, (1984), p 27.

UK War Memorial Inventory Listing

  Memorial Arch


Built by John Laing & Son Ltd (Carlisle) under contract for £8078 (the contract) with additional off-contract work (eg panels) bringing the cost towards £15000


Architetural elevation by Wynne Thomas as provided to Major Wheldon  
 Bangor Univesity Archives | CC

 

 

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