Felton War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Riverside, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9HL


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Statutory Address:
Riverside, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9HL

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

Northumberland (Unitary Authority)
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First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Felton War Memorial, which stands on Riverside, 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 richly ornamented cross in the Celtic style; * Group value: with a number of adjacent Grade II-listed structures and with the scheduled and Grade II*-listed Felton Old Bridge.


Felton War Memorial was unveiled on 17 October 1920 by Colonel EPA Riddell DSO, in commemoration of the local servicemen who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War the details of a further 12 men were added to the memorial: John C Riddell of Barrasford, Colonel Riddell’s nephew, unveiled the additions on 10 July 1949. The memorial was restored in 1995.


The c5m tall Aberdeen granite memorial stands at the roadside, on the north bank of the River Coquet. It takes the form of a Celtic cross, richly ornamented with complex interlace patterns carved in low relief on the wheel-head and cross shaft. The shaft rises from a small pedestal. The pedestal stands on a tapering plinth and the whole is raised on a square three-stepped base.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the pedestal reads PRO PATRIA/ 1914 – 1919/ A TRIBUTE OF/ REVERENT REMEMBRANCE TO/ OUR GLORIOUS DEAD. The First World War names are recorded by township on the faces of the plinth:

(north face) FELTON/ (16 NAMES)

(east face) THIRSTON/ (13 NAMES)

(west face) ACTON/ (2 NAMES)/ ESHOTT/ (6 NAMES)/ SWARLAND/ (3 NAMES)

A sloping plaque at the foot of the memorial to the front reads 1939 – 1945/ FELTON/ (2 NAMES)/ THIRSTON/ (1 NAME)/ ACTON/ (2 NAMES)/ ESHOTT/ (2 NAMES)/ SWARLAND/ 5 NAMES).

The memorial is enclosed by low metal posts carrying a chain.

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, 9 February 2017.


North East War Memorials Project, accessed 21/06/2016 from http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=7206
War Memorials Online, accessed 9 February 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/234753
War Memorials Register, accessed 9 February 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33435


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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