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Latitude: 51.3681 / 51°22'5"N
Longitude: -0.1027 / 0°6'9"W
OS Eastings: 532174
OS Northings: 164931
OS Grid: TQ321649
Mapcode National: GBR GX.NS5
Mapcode Global: VHGRL.5WL3
Entry Name: War Memorial at the Church of St Andrew
Listing Date: 3 March 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1442682
Location: Croydon, London, CR0
Civil Parish: Non Civil Parish
London Borough Ward: Fairfield
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: Croydon St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: Southwark
War memorial in the form of a stone Celtic cross.
Granite wheeled cross, replete with carved sword. At the bottom of the cross shaft is the inscription in black lettering: 1939 / --- / 1945. This rests on a large plinth, the front of which bears the (severely eroded) inscription: TO THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEN OF / ST ANDREW'S CHURCH AND PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / THEY BRAVELY DIED THAT WE MIGHT LIVE / THEIR NAMES ARE INSCRIBED ON A TABLET ON THIS CHURCH / ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD / AND LET ETERNAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM. This in turn rests on a two-step base.
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, 10 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 in Croydon outside St Andrew's Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. The precise date of unveiling is unknown, with records held by the Imperial War Museum giving a date of the 14 November 1948; presumably the memorial was erected at some point after the First World War and then later adapted for Second World War.
The War Memorial at the Church of St Andrew, Croydon 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified stone cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the Grade II listed Church of St Andrew.
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