Bourne End War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Near the Watermill Hotel, London Road, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RJ


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Statutory Address:
Near the Watermill Hotel, London Road, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 2RJ

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First World War memorial. Erected c1920.

Reasons for Designation

Bourne End First World War Memorial, erected c1920, 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 conflicts of the C20; * Design: a well-crafted memorial formed of a Celtic cross and tapering shaft enriched by carved interlace and knotwork; * Group value: with the adjacent Grade II-listed C17 Anchor Public House and C17 White Horse Public House.


The aftermath of the First World War saw a huge wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in circa 1920 to commemorate 14 residents of Bourne End who died during the conflict.


First World War memorial. Erected c1920.

MATERIALS: carved from limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands on London Road, near the centre of Bourne End, adjacent to The Anchor, a Grade II-listed public house. It is situated within a railed enclosure and rests on a paved stone foundation. The memorial comprises a limestone cross with Celtic head and a tapering shaft that rises from a moulded and chamfered plinth, which rests on a three-tier octagonal stone base. The cross is enriched by carved interlace and knotwork. On the front (S) face of the shaft is an inscription in black lettering: 1914/1919. The plinth is inscribed: TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND TO THE / MEMORY / OF THE MEN / OF THIS VILLAGE / WHO FELL IN / THE GREAT WAR / NAMES. On the top tier of the base are the words: THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE.

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, 23 November 2017.


Roll of Honour, accessed 16th June 2016 from
War Memorials Online, accessed 23 November 2017 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 16th June 2016 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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