Shrub End War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Adjacent to the Church of All Saints, Shrub End Road, Shrub End, Colchester, CO3 4RL


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Statutory Address:
Adjacent to the Church of All Saints, Shrub End Road, Shrub End, Colchester, CO3 4RL

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

Colchester (District Authority)
Non Civil Parish
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First World War memorial.

Reasons for Designation

Shrub End War Memorial, which is situated on Shrub End Road, 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 sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet evocative stone cenotaph.

Group value:

* with the Grade II-listed Leather Bottle Public House.


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 Shrub End as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

It commemorates 17 local servicemen who died during the First World War. 


First World War memorial.

DESCRIPTION: Shrub End War Memorial is located next to All Saints Church, Shrub End Road.

It comprises a low stone cenotaph with two flutes, one either side of the inscription, and a triangular top. There is a small raised laurel wreath on the front face. Below this is a marble plaque which carries the dedication TO THE GLORIOUS DEAD,/ 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES).


War Memorial Register, accessed 2 April 2018 from
War Memorials Online, accessed 29 March 2017 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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