Newchurch War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1463035
Date first listed:
15-Mar-2019
Statutory Address:
Newchurch Parish Council Cemetery, High Street, Newchurch, Isle of Wight, PO36 0NN

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Location

Statutory Address:
Newchurch Parish Council Cemetery, High Street, Newchurch, Isle of Wight, PO36 0NN

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

District:
Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Newchurch
National Grid Reference:
SZ5640785604

Summary

War memorial, unveiled in 1920. The memorial, which is surrounded by gravestones, stands on a grassed strip of land running horizontally to the north-east of the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade I).

Reasons for Designation

Newchurch War Memorial, of 1920, 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: * a well-executed example of a striking yet dignified wheel-headed cross stone monument.

Group value:

* the memorial has a group value with the adjacent Grade I Church of All Saints.

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 Newchurch. It provides a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 21 members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. Following the Second World War, the names of 13 servicemen who fell in that conflict were added to the memorial.

The memorial was built by Mr F Moorman of Ventor and unveiled on 23 September 1920 by the Bishop of Southampton.

Details

War memorial, unveiled in 1920. The memorial, which is surrounded by gravestones, stands on a grassed strip of land running horizontally to the north-east of the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade I).

Materials: Cornish granite.

Description: the memorial comprises a roughly hewn, tapering, Cornish granite, wheel cross set on a rough surfaced curved edge plinth with a smooth surface, front and back. The inscriptions are presented within recessed panels on the front and rear faces of the plinth. Two short stone bollards abutting the bottom step of the memorial act as wreath holders. The principal face of the plinth bears the inscription IN/ EVERLASTING MEMORYOF/ THE HEROIC MEN WHO IN THE GREAT WAR GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY FOR HUMANITY/ AND FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS/ (21 NAMES).

At the base of the rear face of the cross shaft is the inscription 1939-1945, with the plinth face below reading (13 NAMES)/ THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD/ AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM/ NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN/ AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING/ WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 22/05/2019

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum - War Memorials Register, accessed 8th February 2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/40815
War Memorials Online, accessed 8th February 2019 from http://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/216383

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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