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Beddington and Wallington 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: Beddington and Wallington War Memorial

List entry Number: 1439020

Location

Wallington Green, Acre Lane, Wallington, Sutton, SM6 7NX

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Sutton

District Type: London Borough

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 18-Oct-2016

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Asset Groupings

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 on 1 March 1922, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Beddington and Wallington 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: an ornate and striking memorial pillar displaying a high level of craftsmanship and good quality materials.

History

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 on Wallington Green as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Beddington and Wallington War Memorial was unveiled by Lieut Gen Sir Edmond Roche Elles GCIE, KCB on 1 March 1922.

Further inscriptions were added in 1949 to commemorate the fallen of the Second World War.

The memorial was cleaned in 2005 with the help of grant aid from the War Memorials Trust.

Details

MATERIALS: Portland stone pillar with bronze plaques. Base of blue Staffordshire engineering bricks.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial consists of a tapering pillar rising from a rectangular plinth standing on a single-stepped base. The carvings on the memorial are in Art Deco style: a cross is carved in low relief on the front of the pillar, the relief deepening as the pillar narrows towards the top and the base of the pillar bears a carved sunburst design.

Bronze plaques, which carry the First World War names and the dedications, are set into recessed panels upon the faces of the plinth. On one plaque the principal dedicatory inscription reads 1914 – 1918/ TO THE/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF/ BEDDINGTON/ AND/ WALLINGTON/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ THEY DIED THAT WE/ MIGHT LIVE. A further three plaques carry the names of the fallen with one small plaque bearing a further name.

Another bronze dedication plaque was added after the Second World War and reads 1939 – 1945/ TO THE MEMORY/ OF THE MEN, WOMEN/ AND CHILDREN/ OF THIS BOROUGH/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/ IN THE SECOND/ WORLD WAR/ AND WHOSE NAMES/ ARE RECORDED IN THE/ BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE. Another smaller plaque on one side of the base of the pillar carries the names.

Selected Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 21 July 2016 from www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/111198
War Memorials Register, accessed 21 July 2016 from www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/12541
War Memorials Trust, accessed 21 July 2016 from www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=630

National Grid Reference: TQ2859164741

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