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Harborne War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Harborne, Birmingham

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4531 / 52°27'11"N

Longitude: -1.9589 / 1°57'32"W

OS Eastings: 402889

OS Northings: 283902

OS Grid: SP028839

Mapcode National: GBR 5LL.BJ

Mapcode Global: VH9Z2.0L8V

Plus Code: 9C4WF23R+6C

Entry Name: Harborne War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 February 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432600

Location: Birmingham, B17

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Harborne

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Harborne St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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Summary


First World War memorial, 1921.

Description

The memorial stands in the churchyard of the parish church of St Peter (Grade II). It is located to the south of the church adjacent to the footpath, on a hexagonal paved area. The memorial is constructed of limestone and comprises a Latin cross rising from an octagonal plinth on a two-stepped base. The cross shaft has four faces with bevelled edges, with a smaller Greek cross inset into the upper part. At the centre of the cross arms is a raised lens with IHS carved in relief. Both sides of the memorial are decorated in this way. The foot of the cross shaft is moulded and includes three small shields carved in relief. These depict a chalice, a wreath and two crossed staves. Around the top of the plinth is inscribed IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE MEN OF HARBORNE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES with 204 names recorded on the plinth faces below.

History

Harborne War Memorial, by local stonemasons Loxleys, was funded by the people of Harborne. It was dedicated on 20 September 1921 in commemoration of those local servicemen who died in the First World War.

In 2013 work was carried out to restore some of the names on the memorial which had become illegible through erosion. The work was carried out with support from the City Council, Lillie Johnson Trust, War Memorials Trust and other benefactors. Repointing and sharpening of the lettering was carried out by William Parratt Masonry Ltd.

Reasons for Listing

Harborne War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St Peter, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the First World War;
* Architectural interest: a tall and well-executed memorial cross;
* Group value: with the Parish Church of St Peter (Grade II).

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