Woodham Ferrers War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1451108
Date first listed:
30-Jan-2018
Statutory Address:
St Mary's Church, Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 8RF

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Location

Statutory Address:
St Mary's Church, Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 8RF

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

County:
Essex
District:
Chelmsford (District Authority)
Parish:
Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre
National Grid Reference:
TQ7983799385

Summary

War memorial of roughly hewn stone.

Reasons for Designation

Woodham Ferrers 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 a dignified and imposing stone obelisk war memorial; * Group value: with the adjacent Grade I-listed St Mary's Church and the adjacent Grade II-listed Church Cottage and Keepers Cottage.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised in Woodham Ferrers as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was presumably erected at some point after 1918/9.

Details

Tall obelisk of roughly hewn stone; at the bottom of the front face is a shield bearing the inscription: IN EVERLASTING AND / GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE / OF THE MEN / OF WOODHAM FERRERS / WHO SERVED DURING / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919. It splays onto a capital, below which is a plinth; the front face of this reads "OUR GLORIOUS DEAD", below which are the names of the Fallen; further names are on the other three sides. The plinth rests on a three-step base of roughly hewn stone.

Sources

Websites
IWM - Woodham Ferrers, accessed 28/09/2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/22363
WMO - Woodham Ferrers, accessed 28/09/2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/221600

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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