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Abthorpe Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Abthorpe, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.1135 / 52°6'48"N

Longitude: -1.0528 / 1°3'10"W

OS Eastings: 464957

OS Northings: 246556

OS Grid: SP649465

Mapcode National: GBR 9W8.JN5

Mapcode Global: VHCW6.P4SL

Plus Code: 9C4W4W7W+CV

Entry Name: Abthorpe Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 6 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425058

Location: Abthorpe, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN12

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Abthorpe

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Abthorpe St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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War memorial unveiled 1920, with later additions.


The memorial stands on the east wall of the churchyard of the Grade II-listed church of St John, facing on to the village green. It comprises a 3m high Weldon stone cross, with an inverted sword running down the front face. At the bottom of the shaft is a small raised shield bearing the cross of St George. The cross rises from an octagonal plinth, set on an octagonal base.

The plinth carries an inscription carved in relief reading TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY/ (6 NAMES)/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE DEFENCE OF OUR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ ALSO (the names of those who served and returned are inscribed on a square stone beneath a hood mould set in the churchyard wall beneath the memorial).

A metal plaque installed in 2005 on the upper stage of the base repeats the principal wording on the plinth. The name of one man who fell in the Second World War was added to the monument after that conflict.

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 14/10/2015

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, 17 January 2017.


The memorial was unveiled on 31 October 1920 by Sir Richard Atkins.

Reasons for Listing

Abthorpe Memorial Cross, which stands on the churchyard wall of St John's Church, is listed at Grade II for the following reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a well-executed medieval-style cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed church of St John.

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