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Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral, War Memorial

War Memorial (20th Century), War Memorial (20th Century)

Site Name Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral, War Memorial

Classification War Memorial (20th Century), War Memorial (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Kirkwall, Broad Street, War Memorial; Cenotaph

Canmore ID 142264

Site Number HY41SW 10.02

NGR HY 44920 10910

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Kirkwall And St Ola
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney


Construction (1938)

Architect: John Firth of Kirkwall, 1938

Project (February 2014 - July 2014)

A data upgrade project to record war memorials.

Field Visit (18 February 2014)

Classically-detailed ceremonial archway to graveyard formed of unpolished pink granite. Dedication and city crest carved in relief above arch, surmounted by a statue of an angel holding a torch. Wreaths carved in relief to left and right of arch containing dates 1914 and 1919; names inscribed in polished pink granite relief on buttresses below these. Flanking archway are two flagstone rubble pillars with pink granite plaques inset: upper plaques are carved wreaths containing dates (1939 and 1945); lower plaques contain names in polished pink granite relief.

Decorative iron gates within archway, painted grey.

Unveiled 17th October 1927 by General Lord Horne. Second World War Memorial unveiled 6th June 1953 by Mrs Annie Tait, whose two sons are commemorated on the memorial (information from Brian Budge).

Oic_project (1 January 2014 - 14 May 2015)

A project undertaken during 2014 and early 2015 to catalogue and describe all of Orkney's war memorials.


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