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War Memorial to the South-East of the Church of St Mary

A Grade II Listed Building in Moseley and Kings Heath, Birmingham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4461 / 52°26'45"N

Longitude: -1.8862 / 1°53'10"W

OS Eastings: 407833

OS Northings: 283131

OS Grid: SP078831

Mapcode National: GBR 63P.F0

Mapcode Global: VH9Z3.8S66

Entry Name: War Memorial to the South-East of the Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 14 October 2010

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1394263

English Heritage Legacy ID: 508527

Location: Birmingham, B13

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Moseley and Kings Heath

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Moseley St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Listing Text


997/0/10538 ST MARY'S ROW
14-OCT-10 War Memorial to the south-east of the
Church of St Mary

II
A War Memorial, commemorating the dead of the First World War, erected in the 1920s. The monument is of Portland stone with rectangular slate tablets which bear the names of the dead. A rectangular platform supports a square plinth, which has canted steps to its lower body and, above these, four inset slate tablets. To the south-east side is an inscription which reads 'TO THE GLORY OF GOD / IN MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS DISTRICT / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 + 1919'. Other panels show the names of the fallen grouped according to the year of their death. Above these, the chamfered base has panels of blind tracery, and at either side are moulded brackets which support carved mourning figures of Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene to either side of the cross. The cross bears the slumped body of Christ wearing a crown of thorns, and there is a gablet to the top.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The war memorial to the south-east of the Church of St Mary, St Mary's Row, Birmingham is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Design: its iconography, showing the crucified Jesus, flanked by the two Marys, is unusual for an Anglican war memorial and is well executed.
* Architectural: the memorial is a strong composition, well suited to its prominent site in the raised churchyard above St Mary's Row.
* Intactness: the memorial appears to have suffered no loss or alteration.
* Historic interest: a permanent testament to the sacrifice of The Fallen in the First World War.
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade II).

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, 18 January 2017.

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

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