Bewdley War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Leonard, Ribbesford, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2TQ


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Statutory Address:
Churchyard of the Church of St Leonard, Ribbesford, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2TQ

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First World War memorial, erected in 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Bewdley War Memorial at the Church of St Leonard, Ribbesford 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 sacrifice it has made in the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* it is a dignified commemorative structure that is well carved.

Group value:

* with the Grade I-listed Church of St Leonard and the Banks Memorial and the Seager and Baker Memorials which are listed at Grade II.


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 Ribbesford as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 76 men of Bewdley who lost their lives in the First World War. The war memorial was unveiled on Sunday 11 April 1920 by the Archdeacon of Hereford.


A First World War memorial, erected in 1920.

DESCRIPTION: The memorial stands within the churchyard to the north of the Church of St Leonard (Grade I), the mother church for Bewdley. It comprises a small Latin cross with capped arms on a tapering square column with a carved capital set upon a square pedestal with a moulded cornice and a three-stepped base. It stands approximately 5m high. The main inscription in incised lettering on the east face of the pedestal reads TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ THE SEVENTY SIX MEN/ OF BEWDLEY WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919.


Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: 32440, accessed 16 November 2018 from
War Memorials Online: 230180, accessed 16 November 2018 from


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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