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Cleobury North War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cleobury North, Shropshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4796 / 52°28'46"N

Longitude: -2.5564 / 2°33'23"W

OS Eastings: 362306

OS Northings: 286996

OS Grid: SO623869

Mapcode National: GBR BS.JWWR

Mapcode Global: VH83M.MYW1

Entry Name: Cleobury North War Memorial

Location: Cleobury North, Shropshire, WV16

County: Shropshire

Parish: Cleobury North

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444422

Summary

A churchyard war memorial in the form of a sandstone cross, dedicated in March 1920, designed by RB Dawson and carved by George Brown and son.

Description

A churchyard war memorial dedicated in March 1920, designed by RB Dawson and carved by George Brown and Son.
MATERIALS and PLAN: Grinshill sandstone and limestone. A cross with tapered, octagonal shaft and arms above a moulded base with stepped plinth.
The cross head has carved foliage at the junctions between the arms of the cross. Each arm swells to a plain boss and there is a moulded ring at the juncture with the shaft. The shaft is tapered and rises from a moulded foot and is supported on a stepped base, the western side of which has an inset limestone plaque inscribed: ‘HERE AMID THE HALLOWED GRAVES / OF THEIR DEPARTED THE PEOPLE / OF CLEOBURY NORTH HAVE PLACED / THIS MEMORIAL TO THOSE WHO DIED / FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918’. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the topmost step of the plinth. On the east side is inscribed ‘BY THIS MEMORIAL THE PEOPLE / OF CLEOBURY NORTH ALSO / COMMEMORATE WITH PRIDE / AND GRATITUDE THEIR / FELLOW COUNTRYMEN WHO / FELL IN THE WORLD WAR 1939-1945’ (the name of the fallen on the upper step, below). The other two sides are blank.

History

Tens of thousands of war memorials were erected across England in the aftermath of the First World War. The memorial at Cleobury Mortimer was designed by RB Dawson and the masons were George Brown and Son. It was dedicated on 7 March 1920 and altered after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Cleobury North War Memorial, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as an accomplished and well-realised war memorial, which takes the form of a churchyard cross on a stepped plinth;
* Group value: the cross forms a group with the Church of St Peter and St Paul (Grade II*).

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