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Stanton Harcourt War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7482 / 51°44'53"N

Longitude: -1.3981 / 1°23'53"W

OS Eastings: 441648

OS Northings: 205673

OS Grid: SP416056

Mapcode National: GBR 7XM.7CV

Mapcode Global: VHC09.QB75

Plus Code: 9C3WPJX2+7Q

Entry Name: Stanton Harcourt War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 August 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1427646

Location: Stanton Harcourt, West Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire, OX29

County: Oxfordshire

Civil Parish: Stanton Harcourt

Built-Up Area: Stanton Harcourt

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Stanton Harcourt

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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


The memorial stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Michael (Grade I-listed), close to the north-west entrance gate. Built of local limestone, the tall memorial consists of a medieval-style lantern-cross with a canopied top ornately decorated with architectural detail. Each side of the lantern is a panel of blind tracery containing a carving in relief. The crucifixion and St Michael slaying a dragon are carved on two sides of the lantern. The other two sides are carved with shields suspended from ribbons.

The lantern is set on a tapering, octagonal, column with a decorated capital and moulded foot. The column rises from an octagonal plinth, which stands on a two-stage, square, base. The lower stage has a shallow outsailing cornice, extending the area available for the placement of wreaths. All inscriptions are incised.

An inscription on the west face of the lower stage of the base reads TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR. The names of the men who fell in the First World War are inscribed into the four faces of the upper stage. On the south face of the lower stage is added the inscription 1939-1945 with the names of the men who fell in the Second World War listed underneath.

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, 11 January 2017.


Stanton Harcourt War Memorial was unveiled by Brigadier-General Hugh Huleatt on 12 March 1921, at a ceremony led by the Bishop of Oxford. It was designed and made by the architect FE Howard of Oxford, to commemorate the men of the parish who had died whilst fighting during the First World War. Howard was responsible for a number of war memorials in England, including that at Balsham, Cambridgeshire and Cuddesdon College, Oxford, both listed at Grade II.

An inscription for the Second World War was added at a later date. The memorial was conserved in 2009. This work, funded by War Memorials Trust, included the replacement of some damaged stone with new limestone and the re-setting of loose stonework.

Reasons for Listing

Stanton Harcourt War Memorial, situated in the churchyard of the Church of St Michael, 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: an elegant and well-detailed medieval-style lantern-cross by FE Howard of Oxford;
* Group Value: with the Grade I-listed Church of St Michael and numerous listed structures in the churchyard.

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