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Souldrop War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Knotting and Souldrop, Bedford

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2434 / 52°14'36"N

Longitude: -0.5581 / 0°33'29"W

OS Eastings: 498548

OS Northings: 261564

OS Grid: SP985615

Mapcode National: GBR DZC.9QN

Mapcode Global: VHFPM.8WT1

Entry Name: Souldrop War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440880

Location: Knotting and Souldrop, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Knotting and Souldrop

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Souldrop

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Summary

First World War memorial unveiled on 11 September 1921 with one further name added after the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: Weldon stone and Clipstone.

DESCRIPTION: Souldrop War Memorial is located on the east side of the churchyard of All Saints Church. It consists of a Latin cross with a carved collar set upon a tapering octagonal shaft. The shaft rises from a chamfered plinth with an octagonal top and square base. The whole is set upon a single square stepped base.

The plinth carries the dedication to the fallen of the First World War in raised lettering and reads: IN MEMORY OF BRAVE MEN/ WHO FROM THIS VILLAGE FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 18. Two of the other faces are incised with the names of the fallen. The final side has 1939 – 45 inscribed in raised lettering with one name beneath it.

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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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 unveiled at Souldrop by Sir Albert Edward Bowen on 11 September 1921 as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War.  It commemorates nine local servicemen who died during the First World War. 

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the one fallen of that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Souldrop 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 community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant and striking Latin cross with fine lettering;
* Group value: with the Church of All Saints (Grade II*) and Orchard Cottage, a listed building opposite (Grade II).

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