Pembridge War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1464972
Date first listed:
16-Jul-2019
Statutory Address:
West Street, Pembridge, Herefordshire, HR6 9DU

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Location

Statutory Address:
West Street, Pembridge, Herefordshire, HR6 9DU

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

District:
County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Pembridge
National Grid Reference:
SO3894458117

Summary

War memorial, erected in about 1920.

Reasons for Designation

Pembridge War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed example of a Latin cross type memorial.

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Group value:

* with Swan House and School View (Grade II*), Forsythia and West Leigh (Grade II*) and Ivydene and Shamrock Cottage (Grade II).

History

The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War which 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.

Pembridge War Memorial was erected in about 1920 to commemorate the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

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

Details

War memorial, erected in about 1920.

Materials: constructed of stone with bronze inscription panels with raised lettering.

Description: located in a prominent position on a small green in front of the village school, the memorial comprises a tall, octagonal Latin cross with a gently tapering shaft. It stands on an octagonal pedestal with a splayed plinth, and a three-stepped octagonal base.

To the three front-facing (northern) sides of the pedestal are three bronze panels. The inscription to the central panels reads:

THIS CROSS IS / DEDICATED TO THE / GLORY OF GOD & IN / MEMORY OF THOSE / OF THIS PARISH WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / THEIR KING AND / COUNTRY IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914–1919 / THEIR NAME LIVETH / FOR EVERMORE

Eleven names are recorded on each of the panels to either side.

An additional panel has been added beneath, to the upper step of the octagonal base. The inscription reads:

ALSO / WE REMEMBER WITH AFFECTION / THOSE WHO MADE THE / SUPREME SACRIFICE / IN THE FURTHER CONFLICTS OF / 1939 – 1945

Additional panels have been added to either side, each recording four names, as well as small panels to the three northern faces of the splayed plinth above, each recording one name.

Sources

Websites
Pembridge Cross, accessed 10 June 2019 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/33079
Pembridge War Memorial, accessed 10 June 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/201542/

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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