Bedlam War Memorial

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1473237
Date first listed:
20-Nov-2020
Statutory Address:
approximately 5m east of 8 Titterstone Cottages, Clee Hill, Ludlow, SY8 3PP

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Location

Statutory Address:
approximately 5m east of 8 Titterstone Cottages, Clee Hill, Ludlow, SY8 3PP

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

District:
Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Bitterley
National Grid Reference:
SO5839077361

Summary

First World War Memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Reasons for Designation

Bedlam 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:

* as a well-executed stone cross.

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 the hamlet of Bedlam, in the grounds of the former Methodist Chapel, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by ten members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The names of parishioners who died during the Second World War were also subsequently added to the memorial.

Details

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

MATERIALS and PLAN: the memorial is square on plan and is constructed from roughly-hewn stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands approximately 5m east of 8 Titterstone Cottages. The memorial is approximately 3.5m tall and comprises a three stepped base surmounted by a plinth with engraved plaque on its south side, and a Celtic wheel cross carved with ‘RIP’ at its centre. There are low post and chain railings around the bottom step of the base.

The engraved plaque on the plinth reads: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND LOVING MEMORY OF / ( NAMES) / WHO DIED 1914-1919 /FOR KING AND COUNTRY.

A further inscription on the upper step of the base reads: ‘To the Glory of God and in memory of the men of / Titterstone 1939 -1945 / (Names).’

Sources

Websites
Church Monuments Society - Bedlam War Memorial, accessed 9 November 2020 from https://churchmonumentssociety.org/monument-of-the-month/bedlam-war-memorial
Imperial War Museum - War Memorial Register entry, accessed 6 November 2020 from https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/13768

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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