Great Comberton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1461877
Date first listed:
07-Feb-2019
Location Description:
Statutory Address:
Church Street, Great Comberton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3DU

Map

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Location

Statutory Address:
Church Street, Great Comberton, Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3DU

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

Location Description:
County:
Worcestershire
District:
Wychavon (District Authority)
Parish:
Great Comberton
National Grid Reference:
SO9565842553

Summary

War memorial, erected in about 1920.

Reasons for Designation

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

Architectural interest:

* it is an accomplished and well-realised example of a Latin cross war memorial which displays good decorative detailing.

Historic interest:

* it has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw an unprecedented wave of public commemoration 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.

On such memorial was raised at Great Comberton, 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 memorial was erected in about 1920.

Details

War memorial, erected in about 1920. MATERIALS: carved from stone.

DESCRIPTION: located at a road junction, at the northern end of the village, the war memorial takes the form of a Latin cross with a tapering octagonal shaft with broach stops to its base. At the centre of the cross is a relief-carving of the Christian symbol of a pelican plucking its breast to feed its young. The pedestal on which the Latin cross is surmounted comprises a large square plinth and a tapered dado with carved decoration to the top. On the south-east face of the plinth is the carved inscription:

TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918. / (5 NAMES)

The whole stands on a stone platform.

Sources

Websites
Great Comberton, accessed 3 December 2018 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32424
Other
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, 'Great Comberton War Memorial', HER No: WSM66773

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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