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Strelley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Strelley, Nottinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9734 / 52°58'24"N

Longitude: -1.2473 / 1°14'50"W

OS Eastings: 450642

OS Northings: 342046

OS Grid: SK506420

Mapcode National: GBR 8H7.PG8

Mapcode Global: WHDGQ.TJ7D

Entry Name: Strelley War Memorial

Listing Date: 21 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1443539

Location: Strelley, Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire, NG8

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Broxtowe

Civil Parish: Strelley

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Bilborough and Strelley

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham

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Summary

First World War Memorial.

Description

First World War Memorial

MATERIALS: sandstone.

PLAN: the memorial is located in the extended churchyard on the south-west side of Main Street opposite the Church of All Saints.

EXTERIOR: the memorial is in the form of a canopied calvary. It has a circular three-stepped base and a square, moulded pedestal with four recessed limestone tablets bearing inscriptions. One face is inscribed: REMEMBER BEFORE GOD/ THE GALLANT DEAD WHOSE NAMES/ ARE WRITTEN HERE THOUGH THEIR/ BODIES LIE IN OTHER LANDS/ AUGUST 1914-1918/ GRANT THEM O LORD ETERNAL REST/ AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE/ UPON THEM. Another face is inscribed: THEY LOVED NOT/ THEIR LIVES UNTO/ THE DEATH. The other two faces contain dedications to four men including their name, rank, age, place and date of death, and place of burial.

History

The concept of commemorating war dead did not develop to any great extent until towards the end of the 19th century. Prior to then memorials were rare and were mainly dedicated to individual officers, or sometimes regiments. The first large-scale erection of war memorials dedicated to the ordinary soldier followed the Second Boer War of 1899-1902, which was the first major war following reforms to the British Army which led to regiments being recruited from local communities and with volunteer soldiers. However, it was the aftermath of the First World War that was the great age of memorial building, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

The war memorial in Strelley commemorates the fallen from the First World War. It was designed by Cecil Greenwood Hare (1875-1932) who specialised in ecclesiastical buildings and church interiors. Hare was a pupil of George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907) whom he joined as a partner in 1907. After Bodley’s death, Hare continued to work in the Bodleian idiom.

Reasons for Listing

Strelley War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: it is an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;

* Architectural interest: it is a well detailed memorial designed by Cecil Greenwood Hare, the pupil and partner of G. F. Bodley, who has ten listed buildings to his name;

* Group value: it has group value with the nearby All Saints Church (Grade I) and Strelley Hall and stables (both listed at Grade II).

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