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Selhurst War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Selhurst, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3899 / 51°23'23"N

Longitude: -0.0884 / 0°5'18"W

OS Eastings: 533100

OS Northings: 167381

OS Grid: TQ331673

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.6C1

Mapcode Global: VHGRL.FB3C

Entry Name: Selhurst War Memorial

Location: Croydon, London, SE25

County: London

District: Croydon

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Selhurst

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Listing Date: 21 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442664

Summary

War memorial in the form of a stone Celtic cross.

Description

Tall Celtic cross made of granite, the front bearing a carving of a sword, resting on a rounded stone plinth. The front of this bears the inscription: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND / IN MEMORY / OF ALL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF SELHURST. This plinth rests on a granite block standing on a two-stepped base.

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 07/03/2017

History

The aftermath of the World Wars saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was raised in Selhurst outside Holy Trinity Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by members of the local community. It was designed by Arthur Hook and unveiled on 25th November 1922 in a ceremony attended by Lt Col F S Montague Bates, CB CMG DSO and the Reverend F J Groves. Holy Trinity Church was demolished in the early 1980s and replaced with the present Trinity Court housing development.

Reasons for Listing

Selhurst 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 sacrifices they made in the First World War;
* Design: as a well executed stone Celtic cross war memorial.

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