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Carshalton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sutton, London

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Latitude: 51.3656 / 51°21'56"N

Longitude: -0.1643 / 0°9'51"W

OS Eastings: 527890

OS Northings: 164545

OS Grid: TQ278645

Mapcode National: GBR DD.R8M

Mapcode Global: VHGRK.3YH0

Entry Name: Carshalton War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 February 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1393681

English Heritage Legacy ID: 507368

Location: Sutton, London, SM5

County: London

District: Sutton

Electoral Ward/Division: Carshalton Central

Built-Up Area: Sutton

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Carshalton All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


Carshalton War Memorial



First World War memorial, attributed to E.H. Bouchier FRIBA, unveiled 1921, added to following World War II, and subsequently.

Built of Portland stone, the memorial is in the form of a cenotaph; broadly rectangular in shape with chamfered corners, it stands 4m high, 2.5m wide, and 1m deep. The upper part of the of the monument steps in and up, with decorative pairs of engaged gadrooned and fluted balusters with ovolo-moulding above to each corner and blank centre panels. The monument terminates with a simple cornice.

Carved in relief on the east and west faces of the monument are the words:
The Roll of Honour, engraved onto brass plates, is divided between the two faces.

Carved in relief on the north and south faces is:
1914-1918 / 1939-1945
Below this to the south are two further names on a brass plaque, and below this to the north is a stone plaque with the inscription:
Two names are listed beneath.

The memorial stands on a single step and the surrounding area is paved in York stone.

The monument was unveiled by Major General Sir John Longley in March 1921. Paid for by public subscription, it was erected to honour The Fallen of Carshalton who served and died during World War I. Commemoration of those who gave their lives during World War II, and in later conflicts, was added subsequently. The names added to the memorial following World War II do not represent a full roll of honour.

The impact of both world wars on Britain was huge and the end of World War I saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever. The huge majority of casualties were buried where they fell, so memorials would have offered a focus for grief and remembrance, as they still do today. As with the one at Carshalton, many memorials were later added to in recognition of those that fell during World War II.

Carshalton War Memorial is an elegant and sombre tribute to The Fallen of Carshalton. The poignancy of the monument is heightened by its tranquil setting between the memorial garden to the north, and the historic Upper Pond to the south.

United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials, www.ukniwm.org.uk accessed 6th November 2009
Carshalton Village Conservation Area Appraisal, produced by London Borough of Sutton, accessed at www.sutton.gov.uk on 6th November 2009

Carshalton War Memorial is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historical: as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by this community in two World Wars, and in subsequent conflicts, it is of strong historic and cultural significance both at a local and a national level;
* Architectural: for its Portland stone cenotaph design.

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

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