Shrub End War Memorial


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1456885

Date first listed: 07-Jun-2018

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


Ordnance survey map of Shrub End War Memorial
© Crown Copyright and database right 2019. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2019. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1456885 .pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 23-Jan-2019 at 00:44:14.


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.

County: Essex

District: Colchester (District Authority)

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Grid Reference: TL9707123202


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

End of official listing