Birtsmorton War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Church of St Thomas of Canterbury with St Peter and St Paul, Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, WR13 6AR


© Crown Copyright and database right 2020. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2020. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1462185.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 04-Dec-2020 at 17:40:34.


Statutory Address:
Church of St Thomas of Canterbury with St Peter and St Paul, Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, WR13 6AR

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

Malvern Hills (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:


First World War memorial.

Reasons for Designation

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

Historic interest:

* it is 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:

* it is a well-constructed war memorial in the form of a Latin cross.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Church of St Peter and St Paul (Grade II*) and a number of chest tombs (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. One such memorial was raised at Birtsmorton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It is of unknown date and does not appear on Ordnance Survey Editions, although it was presumably erected prior to 1939 due to the Second World War not being included in the inscription


First World War memorial.

MATERIALS: constructed of stone.

DESCRIPTION: comprising a plain Latin cross on a substantial square plinth with a two-stepped square base. The main inscription in incised lettering on the east face of the plinth reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN HONOUR/ OF/ 2 NAMES / OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR/ KING & COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ UNTIL THE DAY BREAK AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY.


National Inventory of War Memorials - Birtsmorton, accessed 29/01/2019 from


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email Enric[email protected].