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Creaton Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Northampton, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3403 / 52°20'24"N

Longitude: -0.9651 / 0°57'54"W

OS Eastings: 470606

OS Northings: 271856

OS Grid: SP706718

Mapcode National: GBR BV0.8TK

Mapcode Global: VHDRK.7F5T

Plus Code: 9C4X82RM+3X

Entry Name: Creaton Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 4 June 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1426569

Location: Creaton, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN6

County: Northamptonshire

District: Daventry

Civil Parish: Creaton

Built-Up Area: Creaton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Great Creaton St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary


First World War memorial. Erected 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands in the churchyard of the church of St Michael (Grade II*), north-west of the church tower. It comprises a 4m tall Derbyshire stone cross with a simple Celtic wheel-head design. LEST WE FORGET is inscribed towards the top of the square-sectioned shaft. This rises from a tapering plinth, itself set on a three-stepped square base.

The plinth carries the inscription (front) TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN/ GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE/ OF THOSE MEN/ FROM THIS VILLAGE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN/ THE GREAT WAR/1914 – 1919./ FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH. The names of those who died (including in the Second World War) are listed on the flanks of the plinth. On the rear face is inscribed SO THEY PASSED OVER/ AND ALL THE TRUMPETS/ SOUNDED FOR/ THEM ON THE OTHER SIDE./ LET THOSE/ THAT COME AFTER SEE TO IT/ THAT THEIR NAMES BE/ NOT FORGOTTEN.

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, 16 January 2017.

History

The memorial was unveiled on 2 October 1921 by Gen Lord Horne. An inscription on the base shows it was constructed by Pullen & Sons of Northampton. The names of two servicemen who died in the Second World War were added at a later date.

Reasons for Listing

Creaton War Memorial, which stands in St Michael’s churchyard, is listed at Grade II for the following principal 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 Celtic cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed church of St Michael.

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