Aston Fields War Memorial including railings

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1459519

Date first listed: 26-Oct-2018

Statutory Address: New Road, Junction of Finstall Road, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove, B60 2DZ

Map

Ordnance survey map of Aston Fields War Memorial including railings
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Location

Statutory Address: New Road, Junction of Finstall Road, Aston Fields, Bromsgrove, B60 2DZ

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

County: Worcestershire

District: Bromsgrove (District Authority)

Parish: Non Civil Parish

National Grid Reference: SO9681269468

Summary

A stone war memorial of 1920 date with railings restored in the late C20.

Reasons for Designation

Aston Fields War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest: * As an accomplished and well-realised war memorial which takes the simple form of a cross mounted on steps; * The restored railings add to its visual interest.

Historic interest: * As an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20.

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 war memorial was raised at Aston Fields as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. Aston Fields was dedicated on 4 December 1920. It is shown on the Ordnance Survey Map of 1927. The memorial was altered later and commemorates the local servicemen who fell in both First and Second World Wars, and all those who gave their lives in those conflicts. In 1990 the railings were restored.

Details

A war memorial of 1920.

MATERIALS: constructed of stone with metal railings.

DESCRIPTION: a war memorial cross with a square base surmounted by a plinth, pedestal and tapering shaft with a decorate Latin cross. Metal railings surround the memorial.

The front face of the plinth is inscribed: IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR /1914-1918/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE/ ALSO TO THOSE WHO FELL/ 1939-1945. The other faces are also inscribed: (NAMES)

Sources

Websites
Heritage Gateway - Worcestershire and Worcester City HER: Aston Fields War Memorial (WSM66740), accessed 17/08/2018 from http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MWR54395&resourceID=1035
UK National inventory of War Memorials - Finstall, accessed 17/08/2018 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/20
War Memorials Online - Aston Fields, accessed 17/08/2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/229349/

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