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War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Heatons South, Stockport

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.4119 / 53°24'42"N

Longitude: -2.2066 / 2°12'23"W

OS Eastings: 386365

OS Northings: 390582

OS Grid: SJ863905

Mapcode National: GBR FX1Z.2N

Mapcode Global: WHB9W.2HJR

Plus Code: 9C5VCQ6V+Q9

Entry Name: War Memorial

Listing Date: 11 November 2009

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393515

English Heritage Legacy ID: 506774

Location: Stockport, SK4

County: Stockport

Electoral Ward/Division: Heatons South

Built-Up Area: Stockport

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Heaton Mersey St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


701/0/10082 ST JOHN'S ROAD, HEATON MERSEY
11-NOV-09 WAR MEMORIAL

GV II
War Memorial, 1920s, plaque added after the Second World War.

MATERIALS
Grey dimension-stone cross and pedestal, rock faced granite steps, bronze embossed plaques.

FORM
Alisée patée cross head with halo, set on a tall, tapering, rectangular section shaft. The south face is ornamented with Celtic knotwork. The cross is set on a coped pedestal which carries a First World War plaque on the southern face and a Second World War plaque on the northern face. Fixed to the coping on the southern side there is another much smaller plaque. The pedestal is raised on a flight of 3 steps so that the memorial forms a Calvary cross.

INSCRIPTIONS
South face:
IN MEMORY SACRED FOR ALL TIME OF THE HEATON MERSEY MEN WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR FOR THE WORLD'S FREEDOM. 'GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS'. Followed by an alphabetical list of 72 men (surname, forename(s) without note of rank or other information).

South face coping:
'THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE'

North face:
IN THANKFUL MEMORY OF THE HEATON MERSEY MEN WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1939-1945. Followed by an alphabetical list of 30 names (forename, surname) and then the text: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.

SETTING
The memorial is set in the middle of St John's Road facing the main road to the south, and is aligned with the lych gate and main entrance (the south porch) of the grade II listed Church of St John the Baptist.

HISTORY
The date of the unveiling, designer or commissioner of the monument are all unknown. The memorial is not shown on the 1:2500 map published in 1922, but it is marked on the 1934 map. The memorial's apparent deliberate placement in relationship with the lych gate might suggest that it was designed by Taylor and Young who built the lych gate in 1927.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION:

The war memorial on St John's Road is designated at grade II for the following principal reasons:
* As a poignant reminder of the effects of tragic world events on the local community
* As a good example of a First World War memorial displaying good quality materials and craftsmanship
* For additional group value with the grade II listed Church of St John the Baptist, the monument being aligned with the lych gate and the south porch.

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, 30 January 2017.

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

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