Knarsdale War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
The churchyard, St Jude's Church, Off the A689, Knarsdale, Slaggyford, CA8 7PB


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Statutory Address:
The churchyard, St Jude's Church, Off the A689, Knarsdale, Slaggyford, CA8 7PB

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

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

Reasons for Designation

Knarsdale War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of St Jude’s Church, 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; * Architectural interest: an elegant memorial in the Classical style incorporating a carving of a sheathed sword symbolising the end of conflict.


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. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Knarsdale as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by five members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was provided by Messrs Beattie and Co of Carlisle and paid for through public subscription. Following the Second World War the names of two men who died in that conflict were added.

The firm of masons, Messrs Beattie and Co, was responsible for many war memorials in the north of England and in Scotland, some of which are Grade II-listed including those at Corbridge, Newbrough, and Birtley.


The tall granite memorial, circa 4m high, stands in the NE corner of the churchyard of St Jude’s Church (not listed). It takes the form of a Celtic cross that stands on the corniced top of a tall pedestal, square on plan. The pedestal stands on a two-stage base. The memorial is enclosed by a low square kerb that carries an iron rail on metal corner posts.

The front face of the cross is ornamented with a sheathed sword carved in relief, hung from the wheel-head by its sword belt. The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the pedestal reads IN/ HONOUR OF THE FOLLOWING/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ (5 NAMES)/ “GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN/ THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS.” Below this, at the foot of the pedestal, the dates 1914-1918 are carved in low relief. The front face of the upper stage of the base is inscribed ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION. To one side of the pedestal the Second World War dedication reads 1939 – 1945/ (2 NAMES).

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, 23 November 2017.


North East War Memorials Project, accessed 15/08/2016 from
War Memorials Online, accessed 23 November 2017 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 9 February 2017 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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