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Swanbourne War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.938 / 51°56'16"N

Longitude: -0.8362 / 0°50'10"W

OS Eastings: 480101

OS Northings: 227254

OS Grid: SP801272

Mapcode National: GBR C00.KDG

Mapcode Global: VHDTK.GK85

Entry Name: Swanbourne War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 August 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1427659

Location: Swanbourne, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, MK17

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale

Civil Parish: Swanbourne

Built-Up Area: Swanbourne

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Swanbourne

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


Swanbourne War Memorial stands in a small grassed area beside the junction of Winslow Road and Mursley Road, in a prominent position in the village opposite the Church of St Swithun (Grade II*-listed). Five concrete bollards connected by a chain demarcate the front of the area.

The memorial is a Portland stone obelisk, c4m tall, which rises from a two-stage, moulded, plinth. The plinth stands on a two-stepped, square, base. A wreath is carved in relief at the top of the obelisk on the front face, below which is inscribed 1914/ 1918. The names of all of the 67 men who served during the First World War are inscribed on the faces of the obelisk.

Carved on the front face of the upper stage of the plinth, the principal dedication reads IN HONOUR OF THE MEN/ OF SWANBOURNE/ WHO SERVED THEIR KING/ AND COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR 1914-1918. A stone plaque which lies on the top step of the base is inscribed DIED IN THE WAR/ 1939-1945/ (2 NAMES).

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 11 January 2017.


Erected in memory of all the men of Swanbourne who served during the First World War, the memorial was unveiled on 26 September 1920 by Admiral the Hon ER Fremantle KCB CMG. Fremantle had lived in Swanbourne since the 1860s, when not on service at sea, and is buried there. His son, Second Lt TFH Fremantle, died on 17 October 1915 and is commemorated on the memorial. Inscriptions for the Second World War were added at a later date. Minor repairs were carried out in 2010, funded by War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Swanbourne War Memorial, which stands at the junction of Winslow Road and Mursley Road, Swanbourne, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: an elegant and well-proportioned obelisk;
* Group value: with the Church of St Swithun (Grade II*-listed).

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