Stretton Sugwas War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1459953
Date first listed:
20-Mar-2019
Statutory Address:
Junction of A438 and A4103, Stretton Sugwas, Herefordshire, HR4 7PU

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Location

Statutory Address:
Junction of A438 and A4103, Stretton Sugwas, Herefordshire, HR4 7PU

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Stretton Sugwas
National Grid Reference:
SO4590841837

Summary

First World War memorial with later additions.

Reasons for Designation

Stretton Sugwas War Memorial, which stands in a prominent roadside location on the A438 in Stretton Sugwas, 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 an elegant and striking Latin cross.

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

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War and the Korean War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Details

First World War memorial with later additions.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in a prominent roadside location on the A438 to the south of Stretton Sugwas. The memorial comprises a stone Latin cross on a tapering octagonal shaft on a square plinth with a two-stepped octagonal base.

The main inscription in incised lettering on the plinth reads: (south-east face) TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914–1919/ (south-west face) (5 NAMES).

An additional inscription on the base reads: (south-east face of upper step) AND IN/ 1939–1945/ (south-west face of upper step) (3 NAMES)/. A further inscription commemorates one parishioner who died in the Korean War.

Sources

Websites
Roll of Honour, accessed 28 September 2017 from http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Herefordshire/StrettonSugwas.html
War Memorial Register, accessed 28 September 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33006
War Memorials Online, accessed 28 September 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/146983/

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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