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Latitude: 51.4624 / 51°27'44"N
Longitude: -0.1425 / 0°8'33"W
OS Eastings: 529132
OS Northings: 175349
OS Grid: TQ291753
Mapcode National: GBR DY.5Y
Mapcode Global: VHGR5.HH0S
Entry Name: Clapham Common War Memorial
Location: Lambeth, London, SW4
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Locality: Clapham Town
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Listing Date: 27 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1441831
First World War memorial, later adapted to commemorate the fallen of the Second World War.
Tall Celtic cross made of roughly hewn granite, standing on a pedestal made of two unequally sized granite slabs. The top slab bears the inscription TO / THE MEN OF CLAPHAM / WHO DIED FOR ENGLAND / 1914 - 1919, the bottom slab bears the dates 1939 - 1945.
The names of the First World War dead are recorded on two plaques affixed to the church outside the entrance (listed separately with the church).
This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 3 March 2017.
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was raised on Clapham Common outside Holy Trinity Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community.
Clapham Common 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;
* Design: as an imposing and dignified war memorial in the form of a Celtic cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Holy Trinity Church.
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