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Shirehampton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4907 / 51°29'26"N

Longitude: -2.6663 / 2°39'58"W

OS Eastings: 353836

OS Northings: 177075

OS Grid: ST538770

Mapcode National: GBR JM.KB0P

Mapcode Global: VH88D.QSSL

Entry Name: Shirehampton War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432499

Location: Bristol, BS11

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Shirehampton

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Summary


A war memorial of 1921 designed by Ernest Newton FRIBA.

Description

A war memorial cross of 1921 by Ernest Newton CBE RA FRIBA.

MATERIALS: constructed of York stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is a freestanding cross on a square three-stepped base. The top two steps are moulded. The cross has a tapering octagonal shaft on a square base and moulded plinth. The top of the shaft has decorative banding and mouldings and a stone wheel cross atop an orb (the cross and orb are a later replacement). The square base is inscribed: TO THE/ HONOURED MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF SHIREHAMPTON/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ (Names).

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 15 December 2016.


History

The war memorial to the men of Shirehampton Parish who died in the First World War was designed by Ernest Newton CBE RA FRIBA and constructed on land given to the parish by Philip Napier Miles of Kings Weston House. The house served as a military hospital during the Frist World War. The memorial was unveiled by Brigadier-General C. G. Bruce CMG DSO on 4 September 1921 and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Bristol.

A stone planter on the front bottom step is inscribed: TO THE MEN WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ FROM THE WOMENS SECTION/ SHIREHAMPTON AND DISTRICT/ BRITISH LEGION. The inscribed planter on the front step of the monument probably dates from 1957 when the Women’s Section of the British Legion agreed to maintain the surrounding memorial garden.

Subsequently, the bronze cross has been replaced with a plain stone cross.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial at Shirehampton, Bristol is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made during the First World War;
* Architectural interest: a well-crafted cross design in dressed stone to the design of Ernest Newton;
* Intactness: the structure is largely unaltered;
* Group value: it provides an additional feature of note within the Kingsweston Estate (Registered at Grade II) dating from the ownership of the philanthropist Philip Napier Miles.

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