Fawkham War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1469601
Date first listed:
21-Apr-2020
Statutory Address:
Village Green, Valley Road, Fawkham Green, Kent, DA3 8NS

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Location

Statutory Address:
Village Green, Valley Road, Fawkham Green, Kent, DA3 8NS

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

County:
Kent
District:
Sevenoaks (District Authority)
Parish:
Fawkham
National Grid Reference:
TQ5856065495

Summary

A First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Fawkham 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 this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* in using the familiar motif of a Latin cross to offer quiet testament to the fallen.

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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Fawkham Green as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by seven members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Following the Second World War the name of one fallen from that conflict was added to the memorial. The matter of this addition was discussed at the Fawkham Parish Meeting in January 1946, and the majority of the cost was met by subscriptions raised from villagers, with the balance met by the Councillors. A historic photograph shows the memorial enclosed by a wooden post and rail fence but this has since been replaced with a post and chain fence. In 2008 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid administered by War Memorials Trust.

Details

MATERIALS: Cornish granite, York stone, lead.

DESCRIPTION: Fawkham War Memorial is located on the village green overlooking Valley Road.

It consists of a rough-hewn Cornish granite Latin cross rising from a tapering plinth set on a York stone square base. The inscriptions are in raised lead lettering.

The east face of the plinth is inset and bears the inscription: THIS CROSS/ IS PLACED HERE IN ORDER/ THAT WE MAY NEVER FORGET/ (7 NAMES)/ OF THIS PARISH, WHO DIED/ FOR OUR COUNTRY 1914 – 18. An inset square panel has been carved on the same face at the base of the cross; this bears the inscription: 1939 – 45/ (1 NAME).

The memorial is surrounded by a floral border enclosed within concrete post and chain fencing.

Sources

Websites
Imperial War Museum War Memorials Register, accessed 21 February 2020 from http://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/54511
War Memorials Online, accessed 21 February 2020 from http://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/71085

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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