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Cockfosters War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cockfosters, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6549 / 51°39'17"N

Longitude: -0.1525 / 0°9'9"W

OS Eastings: 527898

OS Northings: 196741

OS Grid: TQ278967

Mapcode National: GBR DN.87J

Mapcode Global: VHGQ6.9NQQ

Entry Name: Cockfosters War Memorial

Location: Enfield, London, EN4

County: London

District: Enfield

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Locality: Cockfosters

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Listing Date: 20 March 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1443880

Summary

First World War Memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

Cockfosters War Memorial is located at the junction of Chalk Road and Cockfosters Road. It comprises a stone wheel-head cross on a tapering shaft, which stands upon a tapering plinth, square on plan. The plinth stands on a three-stepped base.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the plinth reads IN HONOURED MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918. / (NAMES)

The front face of the top step bears a metal plaque which reads ALSO TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO FELL / IN THE YEARS 1939 - 45.


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, 21 March 2017.

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 England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also 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.

One such memorial was raised in Cockfosters as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled in March 1921 in a ceremony attended by William Perrin, the Bishop Suffragan of Willesden. An additional plaque to honour the Fallen of the Second World War was added at some point after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Cockfosters 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 this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified wheel-head cross.

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