Haddenham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1458813

Date first listed: 03-Jan-2019

Location Description:

Statutory Address: The Green, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3TP

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: The Green, Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, CB6 3TP

Location Description:

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

County: Cambridgeshire

District: East Cambridgeshire (District Authority)

Parish: Haddenham

National Grid Reference: TL4637875491

Summary

War memorial, unveiled in 1921, dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars.

Reasons for Designation

Haddenham War Memorial, unveiled in 1921, and dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* as a modest but well-executed memorial.

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.

Group value:

* for the strong group value the war memorial holds with the nearby Church of Holy Trinity (listed at Grade I) and the Three Kings Inn (listed at Grade II).

History

The aftermath of the First World War (1914-1918) 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 Haddenham as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 34 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The war memorial was unveiled in a ceremony on 27 January 1921, and blessed by Reverend Doctor Stephenson. Following the Second World War (1939-1945), the names of 12 members of the local community who lost their lives in that conflict were added to the war memorial.

Details

War memorial, unveiled in 1921, dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is rectangular in plan, constructed of granite, and takes the form of a Celtic wheel cross on a tapered rusticated plinth and rusticated step. The east elevation of the shaft and plinth bears the painted inscription LEST WE / FORGET // IN MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF HADDENHAM / WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / DURING THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 / (34 NAMES). The west elevation of the plinth bears the painted inscription IN MEMORY OF THE MEN / OF HADDENHAM / WHO MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE / DURING THE WAR 1939 – 1945 / (12 NAMES). The memorial is bounded by stone paving, and stands in a prominent location on a small green at the junction of The Green, Station Road, Hop Row and High Street.

Sources

Websites
Haddenham & Aldreth, ‘Dedication of the War Memorial at The Green, Haddenham’, accessed 18 July 2018 from http://haddenham-aldreth.ccan.co.uk/content/catalogue_item/dedication-of-the-war-memorial-at-the-green-haddenham
Imperial War Museum, ‘Haddenham War Memorial’, accessed 18 July 2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/3443

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