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War memorial at the Church of St Mark

A Grade II Listed Building in City of Westminster, London

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Latitude: 51.5319 / 51°31'54"N

Longitude: -0.1824 / 0°10'56"W

OS Eastings: 526171

OS Northings: 183004

OS Grid: TQ261830

Mapcode National: GBR 35.U3

Mapcode Global: VHGQR.SRFK

Plus Code: 9C3XGRJ9+P2

Entry Name: War memorial at the Church of St Mark

Listing Date: 4 January 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1431921

ID on this website: 101431921

Location: St Marks Church, St John's Wood, Westminster, London, NW8

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey Road

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Mark Hamilton Terrace

Church of England Diocese: London

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First World War memorial. Erected c1920.


First World War memorial. Erected c1920.

MATERIALS: carved from sandstone.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands in the churchyard of St Mark’s Church. It is immediately south-west of the church tower. The memorial comprises a crucifix set upon a cornice and the capital of a Tuscan column with a moulded base, together c.4m high. To each side of the crucifix is a statue of St Mary and St John. At the centre of the cross is a carved scroll bearing the letters: IN/ RI; Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum (Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews). The column rests upon a square plinth 0.7m high and two-tiered square base 1m high. Encircling the plinth is the following inscription, anti-clockwise from SW: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND/ THE MEMORY OF THE MEN/ FROM THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN/ THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918. Beneath it are inscribed 118 names of those that lost their lives. On the top tier of the base is the inscription: THE LORD SHALL GIVE HIS PEOPLE/ THE BLESSING OF PEACE.


The aftermath of the First World War saw a huge wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in c.1920 to commemorate residents of St John’s Wood who died during the conflict.

Reasons for Listing

The First World War Memorial at St Mark’s Church, St John’s Wood, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as a First World War memorial that has strong cultural and historic significance within both a local and national context;
* Commemorative: it forms a poignant reminder of the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made during the First World War;
* Group value: with the Grade II* listed St Mark’s Church and adjacent Grade II listed house on Hamilton Terrace.

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