Hoobrook War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462776
Date first listed:
12-Mar-2019
Statutory Address:
Old Chester Road South, Junction of Worcester Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1XL

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Location

Statutory Address:
Old Chester Road South, Junction of Worcester Road, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1XL

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

County:
Worcestershire
District:
Wyre Forest (District Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SO8347274713

Summary

A First World War memorial, built after 1927.

Reasons for Designation

Hoobrook War Memorial, which stands beside the Old Chester Road, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* as a simple yet evocative example of an obelisk type of memorial.

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 750,000 British lives, and also 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 Hoobrook in Worcestershire, commemorating Private Francis Perry who lost his life in the First World War, and 38 other members of the local community in memory of their services in that war. The memorial was originally erected to the west of its present location, across Old Chester Road South. The date of its relocation is unknown.

Details

The memorial stands on a grassed area beside the Old Chester Road.

The memorial comprises an obelisk with a gently tapering square plinth and roughly-carved square base. The south face of the obelisk bears a relief-carved laurel wreath within which in raised lettering is the inscription 1914/1919. Beneath this in raised lettering is inscribed PRO PATRIA.

The main inscription is on a slate plaque on the south face of the plinth and reads: TO THE GLORY/ OF GOD/ AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO GAVE THEIR SERVICES/ AND OF/ (1 NAME)/ WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919/ THIS STONE IS ERECTED BY/ THE INHABITANTS OF/ HOO BROOK.

Further inscriptions in incised lettering read on the west face 18 names; east face 18 names; and on the north face 2 names.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, accessed 29/01/2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32356
War Memorials Online database, accessed 29/01/2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/231851/
Other
Ordnance Survey – Worcestershire (1:2500) (1927)
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service: Monument full report – HER number WSM45973.

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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