Hanbury War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
Hanbury Memorial Gardens, Droitwich Road, Hanbury, Worcestershire, B60 4DB


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Statutory Address:
Hanbury Memorial Gardens, Droitwich Road, Hanbury, Worcestershire, B60 4DB

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

Wychavon (District Authority)
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A First World War memorial, designed by the Bromsgrove Guild, with later addition for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Hanbury 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 modest, yet accomplished war memorial in the form of a Latin cross by the noted Bromsgrove Guild.

Group value: * the memorial forms a group with the Grade-II listed Vernon Arms.


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 Hanbury as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 28 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed by The Bromsgrove Guild, but it is not known exactly when it was erected.

Following the Second World War a dedicatory inscription and the names of the parishioners who died in this conflict were added.


A First World War memorial, designed by the Bromsgrove Guild, with later addition for the Second World War.

DESCRIPTION The memorial stands within a small memorial garden. It is carved from sandstone and takes the form of a Latin cross with a relief carving of the sword of sacrifice. It stands on a small square plinth and a four-stepped base. The inscriptions in incised lettering on the plinth read:


(north-west face) THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/(12 NAMES);

(south-west face) THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919/ (4 NAMES)/ THE SECOND WORLD WAR/1939-1945/ (4 NAMES)


A Thousand Years of Building with Stone, War Memorial, Hanbury, accessed 4 January 2019 from http://www.buildingstones.org.uk/search/nprn/site5512
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, accessed 4 January 2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32425
War Memorials Online database , accessed 4 January 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/229337/
Worcestershire and Worcester City HER, Hanbury War Memorial, Ref. WSM66777, accessed 14 February 2019 from http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MWR54453&resourceID=1035


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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