Moulsham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1452905

Date first listed: 05-Feb-2018

Statutory Address: St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JD

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Location

Statutory Address: St John the Evangelist Churchyard, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0JD

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

County: Essex

District: Chelmsford (District Authority)

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Grid Reference: TL7061006091

Summary

First World War memorial, 1920, designed by Mr Wykeham Chancellor.

Reasons for Designation

Moulsham War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact on the local community of the events of the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* the memorial is a graceful and sombre stone cross, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Group value:

* with the Church of St John the Evangelist (Grade II).

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. One such memorial was unveiled at Moulsham on 7 November 1920 by Major-General Sir S W Hare, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the war.

The memorial was designed by Mr Wykeham Chancellor and cost over £200. It commemorates 87 local servicemen who died during the First World War. A further 20 names were added following the unveiling.

Details

First World War memorial, 1920, designed by Mr Wykeham Chancellor.

MATERIALS: a Latin cross in Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Moulsham War Memorial is located within the churchyard of the Church of St John the Evangelist (Grade II).

The memorial consists of a Portland stone Latin cross on a tapering shaft. The shaft ends in a cushion pad which sits on an octagonal plinth on a two-stepped base. The inscription reads IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF MOULSHAM/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ (NAMES).

It stands in an area of shingle within the churchyard.

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, 27 February 2018.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museums Inventory of War Memorials, accessed 18.01.2017 from www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/22420
War Memorials Online, accessed 27 February 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/101677
Other
'Moulsham's Memorial Unveiled', Chelmsford Chronicle, 12.11.1930

End of official listing