Little Cheverell War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1463403
Date first listed:
09-Apr-2019
Statutory Address:
Church of St Peter, Little Cheverell, Kennet, Wiltshire, SN10 4JW

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Location

Statutory Address:
Church of St Peter, Little Cheverell, Kennet, Wiltshire, SN10 4JW

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

District:
Wiltshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Cheverell Parva
National Grid Reference:
ST9907353560

Summary

A First World War memorial, erected in 1921.

Reasons for Designation

The war memorial in Little Cheverell 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 dignified Latin cross.

Group value: * with the Church of St Peter (Grade II), in whose churchyard it stands, and two monuments 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 Little Cheverell as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was unveiled in 1921.

The memorial was cleaned and repaired in 2018.

Details

A First World War memorial, erected in 1921.

MATERIALS Stone.

DESCRIPTION The memorial, approximately 3m tall, takes the form of a plain Latin cross rising from the moulded top of an octagonal plinth, set on a two-stepped octagonal platform. The plinth is inscribed: IN GRATEFUL / MEMORY / OF / THOSE WHO DIED / IN OUR DEFENCE / (NAMES)/

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register: Little Cheverell War Memorial, accessed 01 March 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/43572
War Memorials Online Database, Little Cheverell WMO241821 , accessed 01 March 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/241821/

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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