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Warkton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Warkton, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4092 / 52°24'32"N

Longitude: -0.6882 / 0°41'17"W

OS Eastings: 489330

OS Northings: 279825

OS Grid: SP893798

Mapcode National: GBR DX2.SZL

Mapcode Global: VHFNS.1Q10

Plus Code: 9C4XC856+MP

Entry Name: Warkton War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 May 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426140

Location: Warkton, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Warkton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Warkton St Edmund

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary


First World War memorial, erected 1920.

Description

The Warkton memorial, a c3.5m high Clipsham stone cross, stands east of the chancel of St Edmund’s church (listed Grade I), due east of the altar. The memorial comprises a bottonée cross at the head of an octagonal shaft, rising from a square plinth. That stands on a two-stage octagonal base, around which is a stone-edged gravel path.

The inscriptions on the plinth, in raised lettering, read:

(south face) TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE MEN FROM THIS/ PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR,/ 1914-1919.

(west face) ERECTED BY/ RELATIVES, PARISHIONERS,/ AND FRIENDS/ AS A TOKEN OF/ HONOUR AND RESPECT.

(north face) GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.

(east face) (5 NAMES) THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

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.

History

Warkton’s war memorial cross was made by Messrs Morris & Sons of Kettering. It was unveiled by Flight Lieutenant Harold Whistler, DSO, DFC, a Royal Flying Corps ace who had attended Oundle School (Northamptonshire), on the afternoon of Passion Sunday (28 March) 1920. A crowd of 3-400 attended.

Reasons for Listing

Warkton War Memorial, which stands east of the chancel of St Edmund’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: an elegant limestone cross;
* Group value: it stands alongside the Grade I-listed church of St Edmund.

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