Carisbrooke War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, High Street, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, PO30 1NR


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Statutory Address:
St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, High Street, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, PO30 1NR

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

Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
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First World War memorial, 1921, with added inscription and names from the Second World War and the Malayan Emergency.

Reasons for Designation

The Carisbrooke War Memorial at the Church of St Mary the Virgin is listed 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 sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-worked Celtic cross monument which retains original inscriptions.

Group value:

* particularly with the Grade I listed Church of St Mary the Virgin.


The concept of commemorating war dead did not develop to any great extent until towards the end of the C19. Prior to then memorials were rare and were mainly dedicated to individual officers, or sometimes regiments. The first large-scale erection of war memorials dedicated to the ordinary soldier followed the Second Boer War of 1899-1902, which was the first major war following reforms to the British Army which led to regiments being recruited from local communities and with volunteer soldiers. However, it was the aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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.

Carisbrooke War Memorial was unveiled by Lady Seely and dedicated by the Bishop of Southampton on 8 May 1921. The cost was raised by public subscription. It commemorates 48 servicemen of the community who gave their lives in the First World War. The memorial was re-dedicated in 1994 after a metal plaque commemorating the Second World War was added. In 2001 a stone tablet was fixed to the memorial listing the names of the fallen of the Second World War and one further name from the First World War was added to this tablet in 2002 or 2003. One name from the Malayan Emergency was later added to this tablet.


First World War memorial, 1921, with added inscription and names from the Second World War and the Malayan Emergency.

MATERIALS: a limestone memorial cross with additional stone tablet and metal plaque.

DESCRIPTION: Celtic cross memorial rising from a plinth on a square base. The front face has a recessed panel bearing the inscription ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919/ (NAMES)/ “THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”. This inscription is replicated on a recessed panel on the rear face of the plinth which contains the remaining First World War names. On the west face of the plinth a small metal plaque reads TO THE PEOPLE/ OF CARISBROOKE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE WAR 1939-1945/ WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. On the east face of the plinth a square stone tablet is inscribed 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)/ MALAYA/ 1948 – 1959/ (NAME)/ 1914 – 1919/ (NAME).


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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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