Botcherby War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1458474
Date first listed:
06-Sep-2018
Statutory Address:
Victoria Road, Junction of Warwick Road (A69), Botcherby, Cumbria, CA1 2UE

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Location

Statutory Address:
Victoria Road, Junction of Warwick Road (A69), Botcherby, Cumbria, CA1 2UE

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

County:
Cumbria
District:
Carlisle (District Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
NY4199655902

Summary

First World War memorial, 1921.

Reasons for Designation

Botcherby War Memorial, which is situated on the corner of Warwick Road (A69) and Victoria 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 First World War.

Architectural interest:

* as a simple but well-executed granite cross featuring a relief-carved sword and wreath to the plinth.

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

Botcherby War Memorial commemorates 15 local servicemen who fell in the First World War. It originally stood by the school in Victoria Road but now stands on the corner of Warwick Road and Victoria Road. It was made by Messrs Beattie and Co and was unveiled on 28 March 1921.

Details

First World War memorial, 1921.

MATERIALS: grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Botcherby War Memorial is located on the corner of Warwick Road (A69) and Victoria Road, currently in the grounds of Botcherby Community Centre (moved from its original location by the school in Victoria Road), Botcherby, Cumbria. It comprises a grey granite Latin cross with raised knotwork on a rough-hewn plinth with the front face partly smooth to bear inscriptions and partly raised to include a relief-carved sword and wreath. The memorial is set upon a two-stepped base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in leaded lettering.

The inscription reads IN/ MEMORY/ AND HONOUR/ OF THE MEN/ OF BOTCHERBY/ WHO FELL IN/ THE GREAT WAR/ (NAMES)/ “TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD”/ 1914 – 1918.

Sources

Websites
Fine tribute to Carlisle men remembered on Botcherby war memorial, The Cumberland News, 21 March 2017, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk/features/Fine-tribute-to-Carlisle-men-remembered-on-Botcherby-war-memorial-4b07d26d-b6d3-4afa-aad7-3d1b75b792e8-ds
War Memorial Register, accessed 2 April 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/66932
War Memorials Online, accessed 2 April 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/157345/

Legal

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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