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Latitude: 51.5457 / 51°32'44"N
Longitude: 0.5639 / 0°33'50"E
OS Eastings: 577878
OS Northings: 186089
OS Grid: TQ778860
Mapcode National: GBR PMZ.5C6
Mapcode Global: VHJL2.QDGY
Entry Name: South Benfleet War Memorial
Listing Date: 28 February 2008
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1392466
English Heritage Legacy ID: 502928
Location: Castle Point, Essex, SS7
District: Castle Point
Town: Castle Point
Electoral Ward/Division: Boyce
Built-Up Area: Rayleigh
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: South Benfleet St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
1658/0/10028 ESSEX WAY
28-FEB-08 South Benfleet War Memorial
War memorial, 1920, designed by Sir Charles Nicholson and carved by Percy Delf Smith.
MATERIALS: Portland stone.
EXTERIOR: A moulded cross on a tapering square shaft set on a square plinth with cut-away corners and inscriptions on four sides. The plinth is set on a stepped square base.
INSCRIPTIONS: The memorial is inscribed on the west face: 'TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED/ BY THE PARISHIONERS IN/ GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE/ OF THOSE WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1919'. The north and south faces are inscribed with the names of the fallen. The east face is inscribed: 'ALSO/ DEDICATED TO/ THE MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO MADE/ THE SUPREME/ SACRIFICE IN/ WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945'.
HISTORY: The memorial was erected by public subscription to commemorate the men of South Benfleet who were killed in the First World War. A dedication to the fallen of the Second World War was added later. The memorial was designed in 1919 by the architect Sir Charles Nicholson (1867-1949) whose works include several churches nationwide and the War Memorial Chapel at Rugby School, Warwickshire (1922, Grade II*). Nicholson also designed the painted reredos and chancel screen in the Church of St Mary, South Benfleet. The war memorial was carved by Percy Delf Smith (1882-1948), a typographical designer known for the fonts he developed for London Underground. He was Master of the Art Workers Guild and a Royal Designer for Industry. The memorial was unveiled on 30 May 1920 by Colonel C W Collingwood.
United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials, record no. 22173.
REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION:
South Benfleet War Memorial is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* It is a poignant reminder of the impact of the First and Second World Wars on the local community
* The design by Sir Charles Nicholson and carving by Percy Delf Smith is simple yet elegant
* It has Group Value with the adjacent Church of St Mary and churchyard monuments
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, 12 January 2017.
This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.
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