1914-18 War memorial in St Bartholomew's Churchyard, Longbenton

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1410079
Date first listed:
04-Oct-2012
Statutory Address:
War Memorial, St Bartholomews Church, Station Road, Benton, North Tyneside

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Location

Statutory Address:
War Memorial, St Bartholomews Church, Station Road, Benton, North Tyneside

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

District:
North Tyneside (Metropolitan Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
NZ2762469090

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled in 1922.

Reasons for Designation

Long Benton war memorial is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic Interest: it is a poignant reminder of the impact of tragic world events upon an individual community and, thus, has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context; * Design: it is a well executed war memorial incorporating a tall, slender granite cross with foliate cross head.

History

This war memorial was commissioned by Longbenton Burial Board and funds were raised by public subscription. It was unveiled at a ceremony on 6th May 1922 by Pte. T. D. Nicholson and was dedicated by Dr Wild, Bishop of Durham. Eight men who died of their wounds are buried in plots arranged in an arc around the war memorial and marked by commemorative tablets.

Details

The memorial is situated within the churchyard of St Bartholomew and takes the form of a tall and slender tapering octagonal white granite cross shaft surmounted by a bronze foliated circular cross head; the centre of the crosshead has the entwined initials I H S (the first three letters of the Greek spelling of Jesus). The cross is set upon a pair of tapering octagonal pedestals, all of which rest upon a circular base.

The inscription on the front face of the lower plinth reads: LEST WE FORGET and ERECTED BY/ PUBLIC/ SUBSCRIPTION

The inscription on faces two, three and four of the upper plinth reads: 1914-1918/ TO THE/ GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN FROM THIS/ PARISH/ WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN/ THE/ SERVICE OF THEIR/ COUNTRY/ IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ AND WHOSE /NAMES ARE RECORDED/ ON A/ TABLET IN THE CHURCH.

The names of ten men who fell on active service but are not recorded on the church tablet are inscribed on face six of the upper plinth and the names of eight men who died of their wounds are inscribed on face one.



This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 8 February 2017.

Sources

Websites
Cross 1914-18 St Bartholomew Churchyard, accessed from http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7837
War Memorials Online, accessed 8 February 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/90002
War Memorials Register, accessed 8 February 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/34402

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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