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Latitude: 51.4606 / 51°27'38"N
Longitude: -2.1967 / 2°11'48"W
OS Eastings: 386432
OS Northings: 173533
OS Grid: ST864735
Mapcode National: GBR 1R2.9G5
Mapcode Global: VH969.WK24
Entry Name: War Memorial
Listing Date: 5 February 2007
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1391851
English Heritage Legacy ID: 502330
Location: Biddestone, Wiltshire, SN14
Civil Parish: Biddestone
Built-Up Area: Biddestone
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: By Brook
Church of England Diocese: Bristol
1099/0/10013 THE GREEN
05-FEB-07 War memorial
War memorial, 1920. Architect unknown. Granite base topped by a cross of local limestone. Shaft and cross are of octagonal section, c.3.2m high, raised on a chamfered plinth with pyramidal stops and a three-stepped platform of rubble stone. The three arms forming the cross are embellished with cusping, as is the shaft. The plinth is inscribed on four sides. The south side reads : "IN MEMORY OF / BIDDESTONE MEN / WHO DIED IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914-19". The other three sides of the plinth carry the names of those who fell in both World Wars.
HISTORY: The memorial was dedicated in 1920 in a ceremony involving local clergy and dignitaries. It commemorates the eleven men of the village who died in the First World War, and three more who lost their lives in World War II.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE :
War memorials are highly significant commemorative structures with a strong historical and cultural connection to many small communities across the country. This simple limestone cross, standing over 3m high, stands as an arresting monument in a prominent position on the village green, and commemorates the men of Biddestone lost in both World Wars.
This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 16 December 2016.
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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