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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
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
First World War memorial, 1921.
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.
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.
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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