Church Lench War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456232

Date first listed: 29-May-2018

Statutory Address: Churchyard of Church of All Saints, Main Street, Church Lench, Worcestershire, WR11 4UE

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: Churchyard of Church of All Saints, Main Street, Church Lench, Worcestershire, WR11 4UE

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

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon (District Authority)

Parish: Church Lench

National Grid Reference: SP0242151249

Summary

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Church Lench 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 this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed and dignified commemorative structure which displays crisp carving.

Group value: * with the Church of All Saints (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, 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 Church Lench, within the churchyard, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by nine members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Following the Second World War, the names of three men who died in that conflict were added to the memorial, and in 2015 it was conserved.

Details

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: stone memorial consisting of a Latin cross rising from a corniced plinth on a two-stepped base. The moulded cornice to the front (south) face of the plinth is inscribed IN MEMORY OF and the names of the First World War fallen are recorded on the plinth below together with the inscription: WHO DIED IN THE GREAT WAR./ 1914 – 1918. The top step of the base beneath reads: ALSO OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO DIED IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945.

In front of the war memorial is a blank stone tablet set into the grass.

Sources

Websites
Church Lench, accessed 10 April 2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32268
War Memorial, to south of All Saints' Church, Church Lench - Worcestershire and Worcester City HER, accessed 10 April 2018 from http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MWR54534&resourceID=1035
WMO189354, Church Lench, accessed 10 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/189354/

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