Weston under Penyard War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1462974
Date first listed:
05-Mar-2019
Statutory Address:
St Lawrence's Church, Church Lane, Weston under Penyard, Herefordshire, HR9 7QA

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Location

Statutory Address:
St Lawrence's Church, Church Lane, Weston under Penyard, Herefordshire, HR9 7QA

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Weston under Penyard
National Grid Reference:
SO6315323233

Summary

A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920; altered by the addition of further names following the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Weston under Penyard 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 rugged granite Cross of Sacrifice with bronze plaques.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Lawrence (Grade II*), in whose churchyard it stands, and five chest tombs in the churchyard (Grade II), with which it forms a poignant commemorative grouping.

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 Weston under Penyard as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by twenty-three members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The names of nine parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Details

A First World War memorial, erected in about 1920; altered by the addition of further names following the Second World War.

MATERIALS Rough-faced granite.

DESCRIPTION The memorial takes the form of a Cross of Sacrifice: a plain, Latin cross with a sword incised into the east face. The cross is set on a tapering shaft on a slightly tapering square pedestal with a four-stepped base.

The main inscription in white lettering on a bronze panel attached to the east face of the plinth reads: IN HONOUR OF THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE WAR 1914–1918./ (23 NAMES)/ “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE” ECCLUS. 44.14.

A further inscription in white lettering on a bronze panel attached to the second step of the platform reads: ALSO IN THE WAR 1939–1945/ (9 NAMES).

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Weston under Penyard War Memorial, accessed 06.02.2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33044
War Memorials Online Database, Weston under Penyard War Memorial WMO174509 , accessed 06.02.2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/174509/

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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