Causewayhead War Memorial


Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1457894

Date first listed: 07-Aug-2018

Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of St Paul, B5302, Causewayhead, Cumbria, CA7 4PQ


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Statutory Address: Churchyard of the Church of St Paul, B5302, Causewayhead, Cumbria, CA7 4PQ

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

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale (District Authority)

Parish: Holme Low

National Grid Reference: NY1309453319


First World War memorial, 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Causewayhead War Memorial, which is situated in St Paul’s Churchyard, 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 Portland stone Celtic cross.


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

Causewayhead War Memorial was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was unveiled on 7 November 1920 by Captain C H Walker MC, and dedicated by Canon Walker. The memorial commemorates eleven servicemen who fell in the First World War.


First World War memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: Causewayhead War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St Paul’s Church, B5302, Causewayhead, near Silloth, Cumbria. It is prominently situated to the left of the churchyard path leading to the church from the churchyard entrance. It comprises a c 3m tall wheel-head cross with knot work carvings throughout, and “HIS” monogram at the centre of the cross head, on a low tapering plinth. The lower shaft bears an inscription plaque in bronze.

The inscription reads: IN HONOUR OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 18/ (NAMES).


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

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