Mansergh War Memorial


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1457159

Date first listed: 22-Aug-2018

Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Mansergh High Lane, Mansergh, Cumbria, LA6 2EW


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Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Mansergh High Lane, Mansergh, Cumbria, LA6 2EW

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

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland (District Authority)

Parish: Mansergh


National Grid Reference: SD6022482699


First World War memorial, approximately 1920, with Second World War additions.

Reasons for Designation

Mansergh War Memorial, which is situated in St Peter’s Churchyard, Mansergh, 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:

* as a simple but well-executed stone cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade II-listed Church of St Peter and the Grade II-listed Rigmaden School and School 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 Mansergh as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Mansergh War Memorial was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was presumably erected in approximately 1920. The memorial commemorates five local servicemen who fell in the First World War and two men who fell in the Second World War.


First World War memorial, approximately 1920.

DESCRIPTION: Mansergh War Memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter, Mansergh High Lane, Mansergh, Cumbria. It is prominently situated outside the west window of the church by the path leading to the church entrance. It comprises a plain stone Latin cross on a tapering shaft, surmounting a tapering plinth and two-stepped base. The plinth and top step of the base bear the inscriptions in incised lettering.

The inscription is in incised lettering and reads IN MEMORY OF/ THE LADS FROM/ MANSERGH/ WHO FOUGHT AND DIED FOR/ THEIR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919// (NAMES)// 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).


War Memorial Register, accessed 3 April 2018 from
War Memorials Online, accessed 2 April 2018 from

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