Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 5HF


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Statutory Address:
Holy Trinity Church, Rotherhithe, London, SE16 5HF

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

Greater London Authority
Southwark (London Borough)
Non Civil Parish
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First World War memorial.

Reasons for Designation

Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) 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 the local community, and the sacrifices it made in the First World War; * Architectural interest: as an attractive and dignified war memorial.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. 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 Holy Trinity Church (unlisted) in Rotherhithe as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. The original church was destroyed by bombing in 1940; the current building dates to 1959.


Cross atop a tall fluted pillar which is decorated with wrap-around leaf garland carvings. This rests on a platform bearing the words "FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY" on the front face. Below this is a plinth, topped by a decorated pediment; the front face of this bears the inscription: IN HONOURED MEMORY / OF MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR / LIVES IN THE GREAT / EUROPEAN / WAR. / REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM / O LORD, AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL / SHINE ON THEM. The right and left faces bear the names of the Fallen. The whole stands on a three-step base.

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.


Holy Trinity - War Memorial, accessed 25/09/2017 from
IWM - Holy Trinity Church, accessed 24 August 2017 from
War Memorials Online, accessed 30 January 2018 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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