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St Patrick's Congregation War Memorial, Dipton

A Grade II Listed Building in Annfield Plain, County Durham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.8764 / 54°52'35"N

Longitude: -1.7506 / 1°45'2"W

OS Eastings: 416103

OS Northings: 553545

OS Grid: NZ161535

Mapcode National: GBR JD61.TQ

Mapcode Global: WHC42.2PNJ

Entry Name: St Patrick's Congregation War Memorial, Dipton

Listing Date: 5 November 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1430731

Location: County Durham, DH9

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Burnopfield and Dipton

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Annfield Plain

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Burnopfield and Dipton

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Summary


First World War memorial, 1921.

Description

The Portland stone memorial is a Celtic cross, standing in the lawn in front of St Patrick’s Church and Presbytery. In the centre of the cross head is the figure of Christ. The front face of the cross arms and the shaft are decorated with intricate interlace patterns carved in relief. The shaft rises from a tapered, square, plinth that stands on a three-stepped, square, base.

The front face of the plinth bears an inscription that reads “I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED/ MY COURSE. I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH”./ II TIMOTHY IV.7/ OF YOUR CHARITY PRAY FOR THE SOULS OF/ FIFTY ONE MEN OF ST PATRICK’S CONGREGATION/ WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR OF/ 1914 – 1919. The commemorated names are listed alphabetically on the rear of the cross shaft.


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, 7 February 2017.

History

The memorial was erected in 1921 to commemorate those 51 servicemen who attended St Patrick’s Church, who had died fighting in the First World War. In 1994 the memorial was moved c16m to the south.

Reasons for Listing

St Patrick’s Congregation War Memorial, Dipton, situated in the churchyard of St Patrick’s Church, 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 First World War;
* Architectural interest: an elegant and well-carved Celtic cross.

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