Worthen War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462409
Date first listed:
26-Feb-2019
Location Description:
Statutory Address:
Montgomery Road, Worthen, Shropshire, SY5 9HN

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Location

Statutory Address:
Montgomery Road, Worthen, Shropshire, SY5 9HN

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

Location Description:
District:
Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Worthen with Shelve
National Grid Reference:
SJ3275204693

Summary

A First World War memorial, unveiled September 1920, with later addition for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Worthen 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 sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest: * as a simple, but well-executed Latin cross.

Group value: *with several nearby listed buildings, including the Old White House and the Corner House which are both listed at 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. 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 Worthen as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 28 members of the parish who lost their lives in the First World War. It was made by local builders Mr JA Morris and Mr EJ Blakemore and was unveiled by Brigadier General AHO Lloyd of the Shropshire Yeomanry on 19 September 1920. The names of the two local men died during the Second World War were later added to the memorial and it was re-dedicated in 1949.

Details

A First World War memorial, unveiled September 1920, with later addition for the Second World War.

MATERIAL Darley Dale stone.

DESCRIPTION The memorial stands in a prominent position in the village, and is set back from the road. It stands upon a paved area and takes the form of a simple Latin cross with a carved foot on a tall plinth with a moulded top and a three-stepped square base. The front (south-east) face of the plinth has a bronze plaque which is inscribed: “LEST WE FORGET”/ ERECTED 1920/ TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE FROM/ THE PARISH OF WORTHEN/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ (NAMES). Below is a second plaque which reads: THIS TABLET IS ADDED/ IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1938-1945/ (NAMES).

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES In front of the memorial are painted iron railings and a pedestrian gate.

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online. Worthen War Memorial, Reference WMO239321, accessed 7 January 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/239321/
War Memorials Register, Ref.13829 Worthen, accessed 7 January 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/13829
Worthen War Memorial. HER Number: 31552, accessed 7 January 2019 from http://search.shropshirehistory.org.uk/collections/getrecord/CCS_MSA34407/

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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