Cranborne War Memorial


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
Village Green, Wimborne Street, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PP


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Statutory Address:
Village Green, Wimborne Street, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PP

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

Dorset (Unitary Authority)
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A stone war memorial of interwar date.

Reasons for Designation

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

Historic interest:

* it is 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:

* it is a well-detailed war memorial in the form of a stone cross with elaborate carved crosshead.

Group value:

* it has group value with the Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew (listed at Grade I) and other Grade II listed buildings.


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 polity 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 Cranborne, sometime after 1920, 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 commemorates 12 servicemen who died in the First World War; it would appear that one of the names has been added at a later date. The memorial was later altered to recognise the eight serviceman of this parish who fell in the Second World War. The low brick wall which runs parallel to the east of the memorial is of later C20 date. A photograph of 1939 shows that the green on which the memorial stands was originally separated from the road by a low box hedge and that the memorial was surrounded by a path. The memorial was restored in 2018 including a replaced stone shaft.


A war memorial of interwar date.

MATERIALS: constructed of stone.

DESCRIPTION: comprising a small Latin cross with an decorative floriated crosshead rising from a moulded collar on an octagonal shaft. This is set on a plinth, square on plan, on a two-stepped base.

The east face of the plinth bears the incised inscription: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN/ PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR ENGLAND’S HONOUR/ 1914 – 1918./ (NAMES). The south face has the dedication 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).


Francis Frith - Cranborne, The War Memorial, 1939, accessed 21 August 2019 from
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register - Cranborne, accessed 21 August 2019 from
War Memorials Online - Cranborne, accessed 21 August 2019 from


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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