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Hamstead War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Perry Barr, Birmingham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5418 / 52°32'30"N

Longitude: -1.9286 / 1°55'42"W

OS Eastings: 404940

OS Northings: 293777

OS Grid: SP049937

Mapcode National: GBR 2SK.YQ

Mapcode Global: VH9YP.JC9S

Entry Name: Hamstead War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442623

Location: Birmingham, B42

County: Birmingham

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Perry Barr

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Hamstead St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

Summary

A memorial unveiled in 1920 commemorating the men of the parish of Hamstead in Birmingham who lost their lives whilst serving their country during the First World War.

Description

A memorial unveiled in 1920 commemorating the men of the parish of Hamstead in Birmingham who lost their lives whilst serving their country during the First World War.

The granite memorial comprises a Celtic style wheel cross with a plain shaft and tapered plinth, with a stepped base set on a rectangular stone slab. The front face of the plinth bears an inscription in leaded letters: 'TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ WHO GAVE US THE VICTORY/ AND IN MEMORY OF/ THE HAMSTEAD MEN/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS/ FOR THEY SHALL BE CALLED THE/ CHILDREN OF GOD'. On the sides of the plinth are the names of 22 men who died and the regiments/divisions in which they served are also recorded. The rear face bears the inscription 'ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION/ DECEMBER 1920'.

History

Hamstead War Memorial, located in the corner of the churchyard of St Paul's Church (Grade II), was erected by public subscription and unveiled in December 1920. It commemorates the men of the parish of Hamstead who lost their lives whilst serving their country in the First World War. The stone memorial was carved by Messrs J White and Sons, local memorial craftsmen from Yardley.

Reasons for Listing

Hamstead War Memorial Cross, Birmingham, erected in 1920, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of the First World War on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in this conflicts;
* Architectural interest: as an accomplished and well-realised granite war memorial, which takes the form of a Celtic style wheel-cross;
* Group value: it forms an interesting group with the Church of St Paul, listed at Grade II.

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