Moccas War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1460080
Date first listed:
21-Mar-2019
Statutory Address:
Junction of B4532 and Woodbury Lane, Moccas, Herefordshire, HR2 9LB

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Location

Statutory Address:
Junction of B4532 and Woodbury Lane, Moccas, Herefordshire, HR2 9LB

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Moccas
National Grid Reference:
SO3551842490

Summary

First World War memorial.

Reasons for Designation

Moccas War Memorial, which stands at a crossroads at the junction of the B4532 and Woodbury Lane, 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 a simple yet evocative example of a plain Latin cross type of memorial.

Group value:

* with The Smithy (Grade II) and Yew Tree Cottage (Grade II).

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

Details

First World War memorial.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands at the centre of a crossroads, close to The Smithy (Grade II) and Yew Tree Cottage (Grade II).

The memorial comprises a plain stone Latin cross on a tapering octagonal shaft with a square plinth and three-stepped octagonal base.

The main inscription in incised lettering on the plinth reads: (south face) THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE/ PARISHIONERS TO THE GLORY OF GOD,/ AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR,/ 1914–1919/ (west face) GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,/ THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS/ (north face) (4 NAMES)/ (east face)THANKS BE TO GOD WHO/ GIVETH US THE VICTORY.

Sources

Websites
War Memorial Register, accessed 27 September 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33073
War Memorials Online, accessed 27 September 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/247114/

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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