Wavendon War Memorial Cross


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
The churchyard, Church of St Mary, Walton Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LW


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Statutory Address:
The churchyard, Church of St Mary, Walton Road, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LW

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

Milton Keynes (Unitary Authority)
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First World War memorial cross, unveiled 1919, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Wavendon War Memorial Cross, which stands in the 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet poignant granite memorial cross, in the Celtic style.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Mary (Grade II*-listed).


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 Wavendon as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 17 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. A “substantial yet pleasing design” costed at £100 was submitted to, and approved by, a Parish Meeting in May 1919. The meeting also agreed the site in the grounds of the parish church. The memorial was unveiled on 30 November 1919 by Mrs Waudby. Following the Second World War the names of eight local servicemen who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.


The Cornish granite cross stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Mary (Grade II*-listed), overlooking Walton Road. It comprises a rough-hewn wheel-head cross carrying a bronze sword on the front face. The cross-shaft stands on a rough-hewn tapered pedestal. The pedestal has been raised to allow a block of polished granite to be inserted underneath, standing on the original base step below.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face of the pedestal reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF (17 NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918. Below, the later inscription reads ALSO/ (8 NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE WAR 1939 – 1945.

The cross is enclosed by four low concrete posts carrying spiked chains.


War Memorials Online, accessed 29 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/231365/
War Memorials Register, accessed 29 April 2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/8239


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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