North Waltham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1466273
Date first listed:
23-Sep-2019
Location Description:


Statutory Address:
Located in the southeast corner of the churchyard of the Church of St Michael, North Waltham, RG25 2BQ

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Location

Statutory Address:
Located in the southeast corner of the churchyard of the Church of St Michael, North Waltham, RG25 2BQ

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

Location Description:


County:
Hampshire
District:
Basingstoke and Deane (District Authority)
Parish:
North Waltham
National Grid Reference:
SU5606446386

Summary

First World War memorial, erected in 1927, with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

North Waltham War Memorial, which stands south of the Church of St Michael, 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:

* as a large, roughly-hewn Celtic wheel cross with a sword shaped cross at its head.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Michael (Grade II).

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 in North Waltham. It commemorates the sacrifice made by 17 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars.

The memorial is situated to the south of the Church of St Michael (Grade II). The memorial was unveiled on the 13 November1927 with later additions made for those who fell in the Second World War on a small plaque at the base of the cross.

Details

First World War memorial, erected in 1927, with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS and PLAN: the monument consists of a large, roughly-hewn Celtic wheel cross of granite, mounted on a roughly hewn granite base.

DESCRIPTION: the Celtic wheel cross has a tapered shaft and a further, carved sword resembling a cross at its head on the southern side. Inscribed in lead lettering on its base on the southern face is ‘IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918’ followed by the names of those who died.

Below this, leaning on the front of the plinth, is a separate plaque with lead lettering which reads ‘1939-1945’ followed by the names of those who died during the Second World War. To the left of this is a small stone bowl.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register North Waltham Memorial Cross , accessed 7 August 2019 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/21211
War Memorials Online North Waltham , accessed 7 August 2019 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/219882

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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