Pict's Cross War Memorial


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Listed Building
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Location Description:
South-west corner of the cross roads at Pict's Cross, Sellack, Herefordshire


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Location Description:
South-west corner of the cross roads at Pict's Cross, Sellack, Herefordshire

County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
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War memorial, erected in around 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Pict’s Cross War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* for its robust and striking design.

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the First and Second World War.


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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

Pict’s Cross War Memorial was erected in about 1920 and commemorates the men of the parish who died during the First World War. The names of the three parishioners who died during the Second World War were subsequently added.


War memorial, erected in around 1920.

MATERIALS: constructed of granite. The inscriptions are of incised lettering, painted black.

DESCRIPTION: located on the south-west corner of the cross roads at Pict’s Cross the war memorial comprises a large, roughly hewn, cross with splayed arms. The cross surmounts a tapered square shaft and stands on a tapered pedestal.

To the base of the north-east face of the shaft is a recessed panel with the inscription:

FOR / GOD, KING / AND / COUNTRY / 1914 -1918

The names of the 15 men who died in the First World War are recorded on a recessed panel to the dado of the pedestal. The central section of the north-east face of the plinth has been cut away to form a sloped panel with the inscription:

1939 – 1945 / (NAMES) / - SELLACK -

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the war memorial is approached via two stone steps and is enclosed on three sides by a snecked stone wall with two rows of upright coping stones. The side walls slope down towards the road. To each side of the north-east face of the war memorial, set at an angle, is a chamfered stone.


Pict's Cross, accessed 3 May 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/147868/
Pict's Cross War Memorial, accessed 3 May 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/32998


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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