Walton War Memorial


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456018

Date first listed: 10-May-2018

Statutory Address: Walton War Memorial, Village Green, Walton Road, Walton, Warwickshire, CV35 9HX


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Statutory Address: Walton War Memorial, Village Green, Walton Road, Walton, Warwickshire, CV35 9HX

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

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon (District Authority)

Parish: Wellesbourne

National Grid Reference: SP2854853233


A First World War memorial, built in 1920; with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Walton 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* for its design, a well-executed stone 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 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 Walton, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The war memorial in Walton was constructed in 1920. It was dedicated and unveiled by Lady Mordaunt in a ceremony on 14 March 1920; the vicar said prayers, and ex-Private Hobday sounded the Last Post.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate one serviceman who died in that conflict. In 2016, the memorial was conserved with grant aid from War Memorials Trust.


The memorial consists of a stone wheel-headed cross which rises from a chamfered plinth on a two-stepped square platform. The black painted, raised stone inscriptions, which are on the north and east faces of the plinth, are in recessed panels. The inscription on the north face reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR/ LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR./ 1914-1918; ESPECIALLY/ THOSE FROM THIS PARISH./ (7 NAMES). The east face bears the inscription AND IN THE WAR/ 1939-45./ (1 NAME).


Account of the War Memorial’s unveiling, at U3A Dene Valley website, accessed 27 March 2018 from http://www.denevalleyu3a.btik.com/TheGreatWarintheVillages/Walton
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Walton WWI and WW2, accessed 27 March 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/51902
War Memorials Online Database, Walton WMO73495, accessed 27 March 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/73495/
War Memorials Register, War Memorials Trust, accessed 27 March 2018 from http://www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=1332

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