Fatfield War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Bonemill Lane, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 8AJ


© Crown Copyright and database right 2021. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2021. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1436957.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 26-Jan-2021 at 16:04:53.


Statutory Address:
Bonemill Lane, Washington, Sunderland, NE38 8AJ

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

Sunderland (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:


First World War memorial, 1922, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Fatfield War Memorial, which stands on Bonemill Lane, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20; * Architectural interest: a simple yet poignant Celtic cross memorial.


Fatfield War Memorial was unveiled by Mr Austin Kirkup at an ecumenical service held on 22 July 1922. It commemorates 103 local servicemen who died in the First World War: 420 men from the parish had joined up. The memorial cost £300, raised by public subscription, whilst the plot of land was given by the Earl of Durham. Designed by Messrs W Reed of Newcastle, it was built by R Beall of Newcastle.

In 1928 a severe gale damaged the memorial and the cross head was removed. Following the Second World War 12 names were added to the pedestal to mark those who fell in that conflict. The memorial stood on Worm Hill but was moved in 1997 c130m south to Bonemill Lane, at which time it was cleaned and new railings were erected to form an enclosure.

A replacement cross head was carved, fitted and dedicated in 2012. Whilst slightly shorter and without the original ornamentation at the foot of the cross head, this replacement is a faithful copy of the original blind Celtic cross. This work was carried out by Classic Masonry of North Shields.


The c5m tall memorial of Bolton Wood stone stands on the north side of Bonemill Lane. It takes the form of a blind Celtic cross rising from an octagonal shaft. That stands on a slightly tapering pedestal. The pedestal is raised on a square three-stepped base. The remaining part of the original octagonal cross shaft stands to the rear of the memorial.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the pedestal reads SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE BRAVE MEN OF/ HARRATON PARISH WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919. The commemorated names are recorded on the other sides of the pedestal, with the Second World War names added to the north face. The front face of the top step is inscribed GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAT THIS, THAT A MAN LAY/ DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. ST JOHN 15.13.

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.


North East War Memorials Project, accessed 21 June 2016 from http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7273
War Memorials Online, accessed 7 February 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/215005
War Memorials Register, accessed 25 July 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/72722
Washington, County Durham - Memories of Fatfield/Harraton - Fatfield/Harraton War Memorial, accessed 21 June 2016 from http://www.raggyspelk.co.uk/washington_pages/selections1/fatfield_war_memorial.html


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

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].