Boltongate War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1457953

Date first listed: 07-Aug-2018

Statutory Address: All Saints Churchyard, B5299, Boltongate, Cumbria, CA7 1DA

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: All Saints Churchyard, B5299, Boltongate, Cumbria, CA7 1DA

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

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale (District Authority)

Parish: Boltons

National Grid Reference: NY2297840812

Summary

First World War memorial, erected around 1920, with Second World War additions.

Reasons for Designation

Boltongate War Memorial, which is situated in All Saints 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 granite cross.

Group value:

* with the Grade I-listed Church of All Saints.

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

Boltongate War Memorial was situated within the churchyard. The memorial commemorates 12 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and (later) six men who fell in the Second World War. The memorial was presumably unveiled around 1920. It was made by Messrs Rogerson of Carlisle and cost £92.

Details

First World War memorial, erected around 1920.

MATERIALS: grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Boltongate War Memorial is located in the churchyard of All Saints Church, B5299, Boltongate, Cumbria. It is prominently situated by the churchyard wall and path leading to the church. It comprises a wheel-head Celtic cross with knot work carving to the head, on a wide shaft and tapering, four-sided plinth. The shaft and plinth bears the First World War inscription. A low stone block with slate plaque has been added at the foot to bear a Second World War inscription.

The inscription reads: (NAMES)// TO THE UNDYING MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ “WHO STANDS IF FREEDOM FALL ?/ WHO DIES IF ENGLAND LIVES ?”// (slate plaque in front:) IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)/ 1939 – 1945/ THEY FOUGHT AND DIED FOR US.

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/4008
War Memorials Online, accessed 2 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/118679/

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