Midhurst War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1438716

Date first listed: 06-Oct-2016

Statutory Address: Market Square, between Red Lion Street and Church Hill, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9PB

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Location

Statutory Address: Market Square, between Red Lion Street and Church Hill, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9PB

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

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester (District Authority)

Parish: Midhurst

National Park: SOUTH DOWNS

National Grid Reference: SU8868921481

Summary

First World War memorial with further names added after the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Midhurst War Memorial 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 community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20; * Architectural interest: an elegant and striking memorial cross; * Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade II*) and other listed buildings along Red Lion Street and Market Square.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was raised at Midhurst as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates 71 local servicemen who served and the 11 who died during the First World War. The memorial was unveiled in 1923.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the 80 who served and 16 fallen of that conflict.

In 2007 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust and in 2013 a new name was added to the memorial.

Details

MATERIALS: Portland stone cross, granite plaques, sandstone pillar, plinth and base.

DESCRIPTION: Midhurst War Memorial consists of a cross rising from a square pillar set on a square plinth.

Plaques are placed down two sides of the pillar. The tops of the plaques bear a carved wreath with 1914 – 1918 at the centre, below which is the list of names.

Further plaques are placed on the plinth which carry the names from the Second World War.

The memorial is set upon a three-stepped hexagonal base.

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, 5 December 2016.

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 05/12/2016 from www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/107039
War Memorials Register, accessed 05/12/2016 from www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/16888
War Memorials Trust, accessed 21 July 2016 from www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=412

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