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Woodside War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Woodside, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3873 / 51°23'14"N

Longitude: -0.0699 / 0°4'11"W

OS Eastings: 534394

OS Northings: 167130

OS Grid: TQ343671

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.C22

Mapcode Global: VHGRL.QDWB

Entry Name: Woodside War Memorial

Location: Croydon, London, SE25

County: London

District: Croydon

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Woodside

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Listing Date: 21 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442666

Summary

Tall Portland stone war memorial cross commemorating those who died in the First World War.

Description

Tall cross with wreath, made of Portland stone. It rests on two plinths; the front of the lower, larger plinth bears the inscription: TO THE UNDYING MEMORY OF / THE 318 MEN OF WOODSIDE / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR. This in turn rests on a four-stepped octagonal base, the bottom-most step considerably wider than the others.

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 the country. One such memorial was raised in Woodside on Woodside Green as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was designed by Ebutt & Sons and unveiled on 9th September 1922 in a ceremony attended by Reverend W P Dott and Thomas William Wood Roberts, Mayor of Croydon.

Reasons for Listing

Woodside War Memorial is recommended for listing 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 an imposing Portland stone cross war memorial in a prominent position on Woodside Green.

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