Naphill War Memorial


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1445159

Date first listed: 05-Apr-2017

Location Description:

Statutory Address: East side of the junction of Main Road and Downley Road, Naphill


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Statutory Address: East side of the junction of Main Road and Downley Road, Naphill

Location Description:

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

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe (District Authority)

Parish: Hughenden

National Grid Reference: SU8468496974


First World War memorial with names of those who fell in the Second World War added later.

Reasons for Designation

Naphill War Memorial, which stands on the east corner of Main Road and Downley Road, Naphill, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reason: * 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.


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 Naphill, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The large stones used for the memorial were donated. They came from the clay pits at neighbouring Walters Ash and are a hard white sandstone, known locally as Denner Hill stone after the area in which many of them were found.


Situated on the corner of a crossroad, adjacent to the village hall, Naphill War Memorial takes the form of a smooth-sided cairn of local sand stone. It is composed of a number of large stones, the gaps between them filled with smaller stones bedded in with mortar. This stands on a square random-rubble stone dais with a stone plaque on two sides. The plaque to the front bears the inscription:


The second plaque, on the NE side, bears the names of the ten men of Naphill who fell during the war. The names of two men who fell during the Second World War have been added.

The memorial stands on an area of 'crazy' paving - a surface which became popular during the inter-war period - within a small garden of remembrance which is surrounded by low random-rubble stone wall.

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, 6 June 2017.


War Memorials Online, accessed 6 June 2017 from
War Memorials Register, accessed 6 June 2017 from

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