Llanwarne War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Location Description:
Centred on SO 50640 28214
Statutory Address:
Leniston Lane, Llanwarne, Herefordshire


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Statutory Address:
Leniston Lane, Llanwarne, Herefordshire

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

Location Description:
Centred on SO 50640 28214
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:


A First World War memorial with later with additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

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

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.

Architectural interest:

* for its well-executed and sombre design in the form of a Latin cross which is fitting for a memorial structure.

Group value:

* with the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II* and a scheduled monument), its associated lych gate (Grade II) and the churchyard cross (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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Llanwarne as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by seven members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

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


A First World War memorial with later with additions for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands opposite the ruins of the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II* and a scheduled monument ) within the village. It comprises a plain Latin cross on a tapering octagonal shaft set upon a square plinth with a three-stepped octagonal base. The south face of the plinth carries the main inscription in incised lettering: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR KING AND/ COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR./ 1914 – 1918. The north face is inscribed: (NAMES)/ LIVE THOU FOR ENGLAND AS WE/ FOR ENGLAND DIED.

An additional inscription on the west face of the plinth reads: (NAMES)/ 1939 – 1945


Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: 32926, accessed 28 November 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32926
War Memorials Online: 168305, accessed 27 November 2018 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/168305/


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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