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Latitude: 51.3958 / 51°23'45"N
Longitude: -0.0925 / 0°5'32"W
OS Eastings: 532802
OS Northings: 168038
OS Grid: TQ328680
Mapcode National: GBR GV.Z80
Mapcode Global: VHGRL.B5ZS
Entry Name: Whitehorse Manor School War Memorial
Location: Croydon, London, CR7
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Locality: Thornton Heath
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Listing Date: 23 February 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1442669
A Portland stone pillar war memorial, located in the grounds of Whitehorse Manor School.
Portland stone plinth, resting on a square base. On this in turn rests a smaller square plinth topping out to a pyramid shape. The front of the upper section bears a carving of a standing white horse. The front on the main plinth bears the following inscription in black lettering: THIS MEMORIAL / IS DEDICATED TO / THE GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF THE OLD SCHOLARS OF / THE WHITEHORSE ROAD / COUNCIL SCHOOL / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / THEIR KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919. Below this in lower case is the quote "Immortal, though no more; though fallen, great" from Lord Byron's poem 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage'.
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 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 at Whitehorse Manor School (then known as Whitehorse Road School) as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the Old Scholars of the school. It was unveiled on 22nd June 1920 in a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Croydon Charles Heath Clark and various local clergy and dignitaries. The memorial was refurbished circa 1992 and re-dedicated on Armistice Day 1995. It continues to be the focus of the School's annual Remembrance Day commemorations.
Whitehorse Manor School 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 Whitehorse Manor School, and the sacrifices they made in the First World War;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified Portland stone pillar war memorial.
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