Withington War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462264
Date first listed:
19-Feb-2019
Statutory Address:
Junction of Duke Street and Veldo Lane, Withington, Herefordshire, HR1 3QE

Map

Ordnance survey map of Withington War Memorial
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Location

Statutory Address:
Junction of Duke Street and Veldo Lane, Withington, Herefordshire, HR1 3QE

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Withington
National Grid Reference:
SO5647743455

Summary

First World War memorial with later additions.

Reasons for Designation

Withington 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 this community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest: * as a thoughtfully-designed and simple memorial in the form of a Latin cross.

Group value: * it forms a group with the Grade-II listed Style House, The Green and The Green Cottage.

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 Withington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 22 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The exact date of the memorial is not known, but it is marked on an Ordnance Survey map revised in 1927.

The names of those parishioners who fell during the Second World War and the conflict in Northern Ireland were subsequently added to the memorial

Details

First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War and the conflict in Northern Ireland.

DESCRIPTION The war memorial is set within a triangular paved area. It comprises a Latin cross on a tall, tapering octagonal shaft with a square plinth and a four-stepped octagonal base. The main inscription on the south face of the plinth reads: ERECTED IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WAR 1914–1919/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The plinth and the upper step carry the names of those who died. An inscription on the upper step of the base (south face) commemorates those who died in the Second World War and reads: A.D. 1939–1945/ (NAME). A further inscription commemorates one parishioner who died in 1989 during the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, Withington Cross , accessed 4 January 2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33062

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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