Calverton War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462778
Date first listed:
26-May-2020
Location Description:
Mansfield Lane Cemetery, Calverton.

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Location

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Location Description:
Mansfield Lane Cemetery, Calverton.
County:
Nottinghamshire
District:
Gedling (District Authority)
Parish:
Calverton
National Grid Reference:
SK6160649691

Summary

First World War memorial erected around 1920 with Second World War additions.

Reasons for Designation

Calverton War Memorial, in Calverton Cemetery, 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 conflicts of the C20;

Architectural interest:

* as a dignified and well-executed wheel head cross.

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 erected in Calverton in about 1920 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 32 local servicemen who fell in the First World War. Following the Second World War the names of local servicemen who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.

Details

First World War memorial erected around 1920 with Second World War additions.

Materials: granite.

Description: Calverton War Memorial is located prominently within Calverton Cemetery. It comprises a smoothly worked wheel head cross mounting a tapering plinth set on a three-step base, and stands to approximately 3.5m high. It is sited within a square enclosure consisting of a low, smooth stone perimeter wall topped with an iron post and chain link fence.

The inscription on the shaft reads PRO PATRIA and the rest of the inscription is engraved into marble set on all four sides of the plinth and on the first step of one side: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF CALVERTON,/ WHO IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY. On the remaining three faces are the names of the fallen.

On the riser of the top step the inscription reads: ALSO THOSE WHO FELL IN THE SECO ND WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 (NAMES).

Sources

Websites
War Memorials Online, accessed 29th January 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/135024/

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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