Birley War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462970
Date first listed:
05-Mar-2019
Statutory Address:
St Peter's Churchyardl, Birley, Herefordshire, HR4 8ET

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Location

Statutory Address:
St Peter's Churchyardl, Birley, Herefordshire, HR4 8ET

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Birley with Upper Hill
National Grid Reference:
SO4536853318

Summary

A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Birley 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 the church’s community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* for its design, a well-executed stone cross with good inscriptions.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Peter (Grade I), in whose churchyard it stands.

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 Birley as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by two members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Details

A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920.

MATERIALS Stone.

DESCRIPTION The memorial comprises a Latin cross with cusped arms on a gently tapering octagonal shaft, standing on a substantial tapering square-section plinth, on a single-stepped platform.

The main inscription reads: THIS MEMORIAL CROSS/ WAS ERECTED BY/ THE PARISHIONERS/ IN SORROW AND PRIDE/ A GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO/ (2 NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914–1919.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Birley Cross War Memorial, accessed 06.02.2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32218

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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