Pencombe War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Village Green, Pencombe, Herefordshire, HR7 4SH


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Statutory Address:
Village Green, Pencombe, Herefordshire, HR7 4SH

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

County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Pencombe with Grendon Warren
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A First World War memorial, erected probably in the 1920s.

Reasons for Designation

Pencombe 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest: * a well-executed Latin cross with a sword of sacrifice, loosely derived from the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield’s ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ for the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission.


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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Pencombe as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by four members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was built to the Cross of Sacrifice design which was devised in 1919 by Sir Reginald Blomfield (1856-1942) for war cemeteries abroad, although it was also widely adopted in Britain. It is not known exactly when the war memorial was erected, but it is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1926.


A First World War memorial, erected probably in the 1920s.

DESCRIPTION The memorial takes the form of a stone, capped Latin cross with tapering octagonal shaft on which is a relief carving of the sword of sacrifice. It stands on a substantial two-tier octagonal plinth with a large square base, which is set flush with the ground. The main inscription is on the front face of the plinth and reads: LEST WE FORGET/ (4 NAMES)/ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE/.


Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register , accessed 4 January 2019 from
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Pencombe WW1 Memorial Cross , accessed 4 January 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.

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