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Wootton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wootton, Bedford

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0946 / 52°5'40"N

Longitude: -0.5343 / 0°32'3"W

OS Eastings: 500504

OS Northings: 245043

OS Grid: TL005450

Mapcode National: GBR G2G.PQ9

Mapcode Global: VHFQD.PMD4

Entry Name: Wootton War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441878

Location: Wootton, Bedford, MK43

County: Bedford

Parish: Wootton

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Wootton

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

Summary

First World War memorial, unveiled in 1922, with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

The memorial is located on a green off Church Road in Wootton and it comprises a stone Latin cross surmounting a rectangular tapered shaft set on a rectangular plinth. This is set upon a three-stepped base. Two decorated brackets support the arms of the cross and the dates 1914 1919 are carved in relief on the arms of the cross.

Stone plaques have been fixed to the memorial; the one on the front face of the plinth bears the inscription ERECTED/ TO THE MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THE/ PARISH OF WOOTTON/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WAR. The other faces carry plaques inscribed with the names of the fallen.

The base of the shaft carries a plaque which is inscribed 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).


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, 6 March 2017.

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 raised at Wootton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 43 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. 

The memorial was originally located at the junction of Church Road and Cranfield Road but was relocated in the late 1970s. It was unveiled in 1922.

Following the Second World War, the names of seven who lost their lives in that conflict were also added.

Reasons for Listing

Wootton 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: an elegant and striking Latin cross.

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