Moreton Pinkney War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1448720
Date first listed:
03-Aug-2017
Statutory Address:
St Mary's Churchyard, Banbury Road, Moreton Pinkney, Daventry, Northants, NN11 3SJ

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Location

Statutory Address:
St Mary's Churchyard, Banbury Road, Moreton Pinkney, Daventry, Northants, NN11 3SJ

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

County:
Northamptonshire
District:
South Northamptonshire (District Authority)
Parish:
Moreton Pinkney
National Grid Reference:
SP5739949065

Summary

First World War memorial erected in 1920 and unveiled by Sir Arthur Dryden.

Reasons for Designation

Moreton Pinkney war memorial, which is situated in St Mary’s churchyard, 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 has made in the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* An elegant Latin cross memorial with finely carved Celtic knot work detail.

Group value:

* For its relationship with the Grade II* listed Church of St Mary and several Grade II listed headstones within the churchyard.

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Moreton Pinkney as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the four members of the local community who fell in the First World War. It was erected by November 1920 and was unveiled by Sir Arthur Dryden.

Details

First World War memorial erected in 1920 and unveiled by Sir Arthur Dryden.

DESCRIPTION: Moreton Pinkney War Memorial is located within the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade II* listed) in close proximity to several Grade II listed headstones.

It consists of a stone Latin cross in the Celtic style with carved knot work detail on the front (east) face. The shaft rises from a tapering square plinth, surmounting a two stepped base on a narrow, square block.

INSCRIPTION: the dedication is incised into the front (east) of the plinth and reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ IN THANKFULNESS TO HIM/ FOR THE WONDERFUL VICTORY/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ AND THE RIGHT IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED/ BY THE PARISHONERS OF/ MORETON PINKNEY.

The rear (west) face is incised with four names.

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 29 June 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/108774
War Memorials Register, accessed 29 June 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/15083
Other
Banbury Guardian, (04 November 1920), pp 7

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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