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War Memorial in the Grounds of the Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II Listed Building in Coventry, Solihull

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Latitude: 52.4098 / 52°24'35"N

Longitude: -1.6423 / 1°38'32"W

OS Eastings: 424430

OS Northings: 279147

OS Grid: SP244791

Mapcode National: GBR 5KH.ZKG

Mapcode Global: VHBWW.HP4J

Plus Code: 9C4WC955+W3

Entry Name: War Memorial in the Grounds of the Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 8 March 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1396597

English Heritage Legacy ID: 511867

Location: Berkswell, Solihull, CV7

County: Solihull

Civil Parish: Berkswell

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Berkswell St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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Listing Text

BERKSWELL

732/0/10050 CHURCH LANE
08-MAR-11 War Memorial in the grounds of the Chu
rch of St John the Baptist

GV II
A war memorial, commemorating the dead of both world wars. Designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, the mason was D French and the monument was dedicated in 1920. It is sited to the eastern end of the graveyard of the church of St John the Baptist, Berkswell. The walls are of red sandstone and the building takes the form of an open shrine with an altar shelf to the eastern interior wall. The building is square on plan with chamfered corners.

EXTERIOR: a plinth, which dies back by an offset, girds the building, and there is a battlemented parapet to the top of the building. The corners die back to square piers which rise above the roof and have brattished cresting. The eastern wall is blank, but the other three walls have doorways with tracery surrounds, above which is a heavy hood mould which links the fronts. Above the doors are inscribed words; 'IN MEMORIAM 1914.1918' on the north front, with a laurel wreath in relief above; 'SO GOD LOVED THE WORLD THAT' on the west front with a crowned rose above and 'HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON' on the south side, with the initials 'I.M' and the dates 1914-1918 above. A paved platform surrounds the building.

INTERIOR: the space is groin vaulted with chamfered ribs. The altar shelf to the eastern wall is backed by two niches with ogee heads which hold kneeling, devotional figures in high relief of St George at left and St Nicholas at right. Between them is the figure of Christ on the cross. The names of the fallen from the First World War are grouped by the year of their death and inscribed on the corner piers .The fallen from the Second World War are grouped under a single heading.

HISTORY: The memorial was designed by Sir Charles Nicholson and was unveiled by Lord Methuen and dedicated by Canon Black in a ceremony in 1920. Sir Charles Nicholson was one of the foremost church architects of the earliest years of the C20. He was articled to John Dando Sedding and worked in partnership with Henry Wilson and his work includes the restoration of the towers at Lincoln Cathedral from 1921-2 and the Church of St Paul, Yelverton, Devon of 1910-14 (Grade II).

SOURCES:
Victoria County History, 'Parishes: Berkswell', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 4: Hemlingford Hundred, (1947) 27-34. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42650 Date accessed: 01 February 2011
UK National Inventory of War Memorials: http://www.ukniwm.org.uk/server/show/conMemorial.17392.fromUkniwmSearch/1. Date accessed: 02 February 2011

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:
The war memorial to the east of the Church of St John the Baptist, Berkswell, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural: the memorial is a strong composition, designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, one of the foremost church architects of the time. Its design is unusual for an Anglican war memorial and is well executed
* Intact state: 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 St John the Baptist (Grade I) and the Cross Base (SAM 30026 01)

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

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial to the east of the Church of St John the Baptist, Berkswell, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Architectural: the memorial is a strong composition designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, one of the foremost church architects of the time. Its design is unusual for an Anglican war memorial and is well executed
* Intact state: 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 St John the Baptist (Grade I) and the Cross Base (SAM 30026 01)

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