Chapel Hill War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1448487
Date first listed:
24-Aug-2017
Statutory Address:
North of Trinity Lodge, North Forty Foot Bank, Chapel Hill, Dogdyke, Lincolnshire, LN4 4QB

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Location

Statutory Address:
North of Trinity Lodge, North Forty Foot Bank, Chapel Hill, Dogdyke, Lincolnshire, LN4 4QB

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

County:
Lincolnshire
District:
Boston (District Authority)
Parish:
Holland Fen with Brothertoft
National Grid Reference:
TF2074953768

Summary

First World War memorial cross, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Chapel Hill War Memorial, which stands adjacent to Trinity Lodge, 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 made in the conflicts of the C20. Architectural interest: * A simple yet poignant stone memorial cross.

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. 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 Chapel Hill as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by eight members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. After the Second World War an additional inscription was added with six further names, of whom five were civilians: members of the Richardson family, killed by a direct hit on their house by a lone German aircraft raiding on 9 March 1941.

Details

MATERIALS: stone and concrete.

DESCRIPTION: Chapel Hill War Memorial is located within the churchyard of the former Holy Trinity Church; now a private residence (unlisted), and stands facing the North Forty Foot Bank Road which runs to the east of the memorial. It takes the form of a stone Latin Cross.

The memorial stands on a square of concrete, with a square base and a three-stage plinth. The tapering cross shaft is four-sided with chamfered corners.

INSCRIPTION: a prayer is inscribed in incised lettering around the top stage of the plinth, reading (east face): ‘LORD ALL PITYING’, (north face) ‘JESU BLEST’, (west face) ’GRANT THEM THINE’, (south face) ’ETERNAL REST/ AMEN’.

There are further inscriptions on the middle stage of the plinth. On the east face the inscription reads: 1914-1918/ IN LOYAL AND THANKFUL/ MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM THIS/ PARISH WHOSE LIVES WERE GIVEN/ FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY. The later dedication, on the opposite face, reads: ALSO IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN/ THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945. The names of those who died are recorded on the plinth faces.



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, 30 January 2018.

Sources

Books and journals
Credland, M, The First World War Memorials of Lincolnshire, (2014), 64
Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 30 January 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/253511
War Memorials Register, accessed 31 December 2016 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/63945
Other
"Direct Hit by Bomb", Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian, 15 March 1941, p6

Legal

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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