Birtsmorton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462185
Date first listed:
03-May-2019
Statutory Address:
Church of St Thomas of Canterbury with St Peter and St Paul, Birtsmorton, Worcestershire, WR13 6AR

Map

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Location

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.

County:
Worcestershire
District:
Malvern Hills (District Authority)
Parish:
Birtsmorton
National Grid Reference:
SO8014535522

Summary

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).

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. 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

Details

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.

Sources

Websites
National Inventory of War Memorials - Birtsmorton, accessed 29/01/2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32639

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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