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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wherwell, Hampshire

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Latitude: 51.1672 / 51°10'1"N

Longitude: -1.443 / 1°26'34"W

OS Eastings: 439041

OS Northings: 141031

OS Grid: SU390410

Mapcode National: GBR 736.N0Z

Mapcode Global: VHC2Z.YX0L

Plus Code: 9C3W5H84+VR

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 28 October 2008

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392965

English Heritage Legacy ID: 505367

Location: Wherwell, Test Valley, Hampshire, SP11

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Wherwell

Built-Up Area: Wherwell

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Wherwell St Peter and Holy Cross

Church of England Diocese: Winchester

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Listing Text


116/0/10015 CHURCH STREET
28-OCT-08 War memorial

A war memorial of ashlar blocks, limestone and metal commemorating those fallen in war in two World Wars.

DESCRIPTION: The war memorial consists of a Neo-classical pillar or column at the junction of three roads so designed as to have one face to each of the three conjoining road directions. The polygonal (three faces with intervening cusps) limestone plinth sits on a circular foundation of limestone paving slabs. On this plinth sits the stone base, with moulded decoration, which bears a three-faced, polygonal column of ashlar stone blocks with inscriptions in an elegant typescript on moulded tablets on each face. On the tablet which faces south is the dedication, 'IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF WHERWELL WHO SERVED THEIR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 1918'; under which is a list of 35 names on blocks standing proud of the column, and one name below on the plane of the column. This dedication is repeated on the east side of the monument, with another 35 names on the blocks and two below. On the tablet on the west side is a cross under which is the dedication, 'IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF WHERWELL WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WARS'; under which is 'FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH' with the dates 1914 and 1918 below and a list of 24 names on the blocks and two below. On the base of the column on this side are the dates 1939 and 1945 and six names below.
The column is topped by a plain frieze with beaded decoration dividing it from a moulded cornice above. Above the cornice is a small metal cross on a base of festooned and fluted decoration. The whole monument is about 4m high.

HISTORY: The memorial which was designed by the architect William Henry Ward (1865-1924) was unveiled on 19th September 1920 by Major General Sir Robert Wigham and was dedicated by local clergy and dignitaries.

* It is an elegant memorial of good quality workmanship and materials.
* It is an unusual design by a recognised architect.
* It is an eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this community.

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, 6 December 2016.

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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