Skirbeck War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas, Fishtoft Road, Skirbeck, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 0DJ


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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Nicholas, Fishtoft Road, Skirbeck, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 0DJ

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

Boston (District Authority)
Non Civil Parish
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First World War Memorial, 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Skirbeck War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the church of St Nicholas, 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 First World War; * Architectural interest: a dignified stone Calvary; * Degree of survival: unusually the war memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and thus retains its original design intent; * Group value: with the Grade II* listed church of St Nicholas.


The war memorial to the men of Skirbeck who fell in the First World War was unveiled on 5 December 1920. The service was conducted by the Revd James Humprey Poole (rector), assisted by the Revd Ivor Bennet (curate), with a sermon given by the Revd J Basil Simpson, later Bishop of Kobe. The dedication was attended by Major Edward Hammond Foot.


First World War memorial,1920.

DESCRIPTION: the stands in the churchyard of the church of St Nicholas (Grade II*), and is c4m in height and made of limestone. At the top of the memorial is a crucifix under a triangular canopy carved to resemble a wooden roof. On the reverse (southern) side there is a carved standing figure of the Virgin and child. The hooded Calvary is at the top of an octagonal shaft with broach-stops at its foot. The shaft has a square base and stands on a plinth. The plinth is square with a bevelled top and is inscribed with incised lettering. The north face is inscribed IN MEMORIAM; the east face RIP; the south face PRO PATRIA; and the west face 1914-1918. The names of the 36 men of the parish who died during the First World War are inscribed below on each face.


Books and journals
Credland, M, The First World War Memorials of Lincolnshire, (2014), 159
War Memorials Online, accessed 7 December 2015 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 7 December 2015 from


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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