Credenhill War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Statutory Address:
St. Marys Church Of England Primary School, Station Road, Credenhill, Hereford, HR4 7DW


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Statutory Address:
St. Marys Church Of England Primary School, Station Road, Credenhill, Hereford, HR4 7DW

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

County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
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A First World War memorial, built 1916.

Reasons for Designation

Credenhill War Memorial 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 local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* for its unusual but interesting design as a shrine.


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 Credenhill as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the 15 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War, alongside the 60 who served and returned.

Nothing is known about the construction of the memorial; the inscription ERECTED BY / EME / 1916 suggests that it was built before the end of the First World War, and the identity of EME is unknown. It is shown on the 1929 Ordnance Survey map.


A First World War memorial, built 1916.

MATERIALS: stone, concrete, timber.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located at the entrance to the former C19 St Mary’s Primary School; the school was superseded by a school built to its east in the C20. The memorial comprises a wooden triptych consisting of a pediment with two doors below, set on a plain base with a shelf at the bottom. This is set into a concrete-lined niche with canted sides and a pointed head, within a purpose-built freestanding stone structure with pitched concrete slabs to its top.

The pediment of the timber triptych is inscribed with the dedication: FOR / GOD, KING & COUNTRY. The top of the central panel is inscribed GREATER LOVE HATH / NO MAN THAN THIS flanking the top of a Latin cross. Below the arms of the cross are the names of the 15 men who fell, flanking the shaft of the cross. The base of the central panel is inscribed with OUR HEROIC DEAD. The flanking panels are inscribed with the names of the 60 local men who served in the First World War and returned, below the heading ROLL / OF HONOUR. All inscriptions on the triptych are in gold painted lettering. The cill of the niche is carved with 1914 LEST WE FORGET 1919, and on a stone keystone-shaped tablet below is carved ERECTED BY / EME / 1916.


Credenhill Parish Council - War Memorial, accessed 31 July 2019 from
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register – Credenhill , accessed 31 July 2019 from
War Memorials Online – Credenhill War Memorial , accessed 31 July 2019 from
Ordnance Survey, Herefordshire (1929) (1:2500)


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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