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Latitude: 52.3827 / 52°22'57"N
Longitude: -0.7806 / 0°46'50"W
OS Eastings: 483091
OS Northings: 276774
OS Grid: SP830767
Mapcode National: GBR CW0.MGB
Mapcode Global: VHDRG.FC5R
Entry Name: Great Cransley War Memorial
Listing Date: 4 June 2015
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1426571
Location: Cransley, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14
Civil Parish: Cransley
Traditional County: Northamptonshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire
Church of England Parish: Cransley St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: Peterborough
First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.
The memorial stands in a small enclosure defined to the rear by a low stone wall and to the front by chains supported on two stone piers. It is a 2.5m high limestone Latin cross with a small wreath carved on the face of the cross head. The cross shaft rises from a small pyramidal support on a square, plinth which stands on a two-stage stepped octagonal base.
On the front of the plinth in raised lettering is IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS/ PARISH WHO DIED/ FOR THEIR COUNTRY/1914 1918. The other three faces carry the names of those who died. An inscription in similar style on the pyramid on top of the plinth reads AND ALSO/ (NAME)/ 1939 – 1945 WAR.
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 erected to commemorate servicemen from the parish who died in the First World War. The name of one further man who died during the Second World War was added later.
Cransley’s war memorial, at the end of Church Lane near the intersection with Broughton Hill, 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;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed White Hill Farmhouse.
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