Werrington War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Church of St John the Baptist, Church Street, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 6QE


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Statutory Address:
Church of St John the Baptist, Church Street, Werrington, Peterborough, PE4 6QE

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

City of Peterborough (Unitary Authority)
Non Civil Parish
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First World War Memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Werrington War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

* Artistic interest: the design of the memorial, from its broad hexagonal base, rising through its tapering octagonal shaft to a foliated cross, is simple, elegant and well proportioned. * Group Value: it has group value with the Grade I listed Church of St John the Baptist.


Werrington War Memorial was designed by the architects Traylen and Lenten and constructed by Charles T Gray of Walton, who also made the memorial at Eye. It was dedicated by the Bishop of Peterborough and unveiled by Brigadier-General Strong; the ceremony was reported in the Peterborough and Hunts Standard of March 11 1921.


Werrington War Memorial is sited at the east corner of the churchyard of the Church of St John the Baptist, and is accessible directly from the street through metal gates in the low stone churchyard wall. The memorial is made from Clipsham stone and consists of a foliated cross on a tall, slender octagonal column, rising form a square plinth. This appears to have two tiers, but the upper tier is formed by stone tablets set in a square around the base of the column. The plinth is set on a two stepped hexagonal base. The names of the 24 men who died in the First World War are inscribed on three sides of the plinth, while the side facing the road is inscribed with the following: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE MEN OF WERRINGTON WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918. The names of the 11 men who were killed in the Second World War are inscribed on the faces of the stone tablets set around the base of the column. On the face of the tablet above the commemorative inscription for the First World War are these words: THESE TABLETS WERE ADDED IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED IN THE WAR 1939-1945.

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, 16 January 2017.


Northamptonshire Roll of Honour, accessed 12th Feb 2012 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Northamptonshire/Werrington.html
War Memorials Online, accessed 16 January 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/177344
War Memorials Register, accessed 12th Feb 2016 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/names/listing/8435


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

The listed building is shown coloured blue on the attached map. Pursuant to s.1 (5A) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 (‘the Act’), structures attached to or within the curtilage of the listed building (save those coloured blue on the map: an octagonal column and square plinth rising from a stepped hexagonal base) are not to be treated as part of the listed building for the purposes of the Act.

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