Little Coates War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1470322
Date first listed:
15-Jun-2020
Statutory Address:
West Marsh Community Centre, Beeson Street, Little Coates, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

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Location

Statutory Address:
West Marsh Community Centre, Beeson Street, Little Coates, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

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

District:
North East Lincolnshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
TA2631210034

Summary

A First World War Memorial of around 1920.

Reasons for Designation

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

Architectural Interest:

*     as a good example of a stone Celtic cross.

Historic Interest:

*     as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20.

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 Little Coates 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 cross was donated by Captain Oscar Dixon. It was originally sited at Littlecoates School in Harlow Street, then moved to the corner of Harlow Street and Gilbey Road. In 2005 the memorial was re-located to the West Marsh Community Centre where a new memorial garden was built around it.

Details

A First World War memorial of around 1920.

MATERIALS: the memorial is made of granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is a 1.6m tall rough-hewn plain Celtic cross on a tapered four sided plinth. The whole stands on a square base. An inscription on the plinth reads: IN MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ BOTH THOSE WHO FOUGHT/ AND THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR GOD, FOR ENGLAND AND FOR FREEDOM/ THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1919.

There is a newer inscription on a plaque attached to the base which reads: IN MEMORY OF THE MEN/ OF THIS PARISH, BOTH/ THOSE WHO FOUGHT, AND/ THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES FOR GOD, FOR ENGLAND/ AND FOR FREEDOM./  RE-SITED ON THE 1ST OCTOBER 2005/ TO THE WEST MARSH COMMUNITY CENTRE.

Sources

Websites
Grimsby Telegraph article 18 Ocotber 2018 'Special Service on the West Marsh to remember Grimsby's war heroes', accessed 15 April 2020 from https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/remembrance-service-war-west-marsh-2114744
Imperial War Museums War Memorials Register online, accessed 15 April 2020 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/64243
War Memorials Online , accessed 15 April 2020 from https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/264799/

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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