Much Dewchurch War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462128
Date first listed:
18-Jan-2019
Statutory Address:
Much Dewchurch War Memorial, Junction of B4348 & The Pippins, Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 8DL

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Location

Statutory Address:
Much Dewchurch War Memorial, Junction of B4348 & The Pippins, Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire, HR2 8DL

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Much Dewchurch
National Grid Reference:
SO4810031161

Summary

A First World War memorial dating from around 1920, altered following the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

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

Architectural interest:

* the memorial is a dignified and sombre stone cross, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact on the local community of the conflicts of the C20.

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 Much Dewchurch 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 altered following the Second World War, to commemorate those lost in that conflict.

Details

A First World War memorial dating from around 1920, altered following the Second World War.

MATERIALS: stone.

DESCRIPTION: The memorial stands in a prominent roadside location at the centre of the village. The memorial comprises a plain Latin cross with a square pedestal and three-stepped square base. It is carved from pale grey granite.

The main inscription in leaded lettering on the east face of the plinth reads THIS CROSS WAS ERECTED BY THE/ PARISHIONERS TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THE MEN FROM/ THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ (NAMES)/ “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”.

An additional inscription on the north face of the plinth reads AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museums inventory, accessed 27 September 2017 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32949
War Memorials Online, accessed 27 September 2017 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/168323/

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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