Cubbington War Memorial
List Entry Summary
This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.
Name: Cubbington War Memorial
List entry Number: 1438972
Churchyard of the Church of St Mary, Church Lane, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 7JT
The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District Type: District Authority
National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.
Date first listed: 18-Oct-2016
Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.
This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.
List entry Description
Summary of Building
First World War memorial, unveiled 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.
Reasons for Designation
Cubbington War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20; * Architectural interest: a striking Latin cross with carved decorative details; * Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade I), churchyard wall and gates (Grade II) and the Old Manor House opposite (Grade II).
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.
One such memorial was raised at Cubbington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.
The design of the Cubbington memorial and its location were decided by public ballot. The memorial cross was produced by C Pullin of Leamington Spa at a cost of £250. Pullin also produced memorials in the nearby Warwickshire villages of Ufton and Harbury. It was unveiled in May 1921 by Lieutenant General Sir John Keir KCB.
After the Second World War the names of those who fell in that conflict were added to the memorial.
MATERIALS: Cornish granite.
DESCRIPTION: the memorial comprises a Latin cross with octagonal ends and the front of the cross bears a Sword of Sacrifice carved in relief. The cross stands on a plain octagonal shaft which, in turn, stands on an out-sailing cornice. The cornice is supported by a square plinth which stands on a three-stepped octagonal base.
The SE facing side of the plinth bears the main dedication formed by leaded lettering, which reads SACRED TO THE MEMORY/ OF/ OUR BRAVE LADS/ WHO FELL FIGHTING FOR/ THEIR COUNTRY’S HONOUR/ AND FREEDOM/ 1914 – 1918/ “LEST WE FORGET”
The NE face of the plinth bears the names of 15 men and the SW face of the plinth bears the names of 16 men. The NW facing side of the plinth bears the inscription “GREATER LOVE HATH NO/ MAN THAN THIS, THAT A/ MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS”. JOHN XV.13.
On the riser of the top octagonal step of the base at the front of the memorial are the dates 1939 – 1945 and the names of two men below. On the risers either side of this are a further four names respectively.
This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 25 July 2017.
War Memorials Online, accessed 17 January 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/171076
War Memorials Register, accessed 25 July 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/72751
Leamington Spa Courier and Warwickshire Standard, 13 May 1921
National Grid Reference: SP3439168290
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