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Severn Stoke War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Severn Stoke, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.0959 / 52°5'45"N

Longitude: -2.2102 / 2°12'36"W

OS Eastings: 385693

OS Northings: 244193

OS Grid: SO856441

Mapcode National: GBR 1HB.D23

Mapcode Global: VH936.MLW4

Entry Name: Severn Stoke War Memorial

Listing Date: 22 December 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431686

Location: Severn Stoke, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, WR8

County: Worcestershire

District: Malvern Hills

Civil Parish: Severn Stoke

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Severn Stoke with Croome d'Abitot

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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First World War memorial, 1920.


The memorial stands on a small lawn at the junction of Ham Lane, Church Lane, and the main road through Severn Stoke village. Built of Portland stone, it comprises a tall octagonal obelisk with an octagonal foot, rising from the plain cornice of a square plinth.

The principal dedication carved into the front face of the plinth reads ERECTED/ IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF/ SEVERN STOKE/ WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919./ THE FOLLOWING GAVE THEIR LIVES/ (14 NAMES).

Two of the other faces are inscribed THOSE WHO SERVED OVERSEAS, followed by the names of those who served overseas in the First World War. The fourth face is inscribed SERVED AT HOME, followed by the names of those who served on the Home Front. All inscriptions are incised and painted black.


Severn Stoke War Memorial was executed by the firm of Messrs Gardiner, and was unveiled by the Earl of Coventry on 23 October 1920. It commemorates not only 14 local servicemen who died during the First World War, but also 82 who served overseas and returned and 15 who served at home. Conservation and repair work was carried out in 2014, funded by War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

Severn Stoke War Memorial, situated at the junction of Church Lane and Ham Lane in Severn Stoke, 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 Classical obelisk.

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