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Cold Higham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cold Higham, Northamptonshire

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Latitude: 52.1756 / 52°10'32"N

Longitude: -1.0322 / 1°1'55"W

OS Eastings: 466279

OS Northings: 253484

OS Grid: SP662534

Mapcode National: GBR 9VJ.HWB

Mapcode Global: VHDS9.2L50

Plus Code: 9C4W5XG9+74

Entry Name: Cold Higham War Memorial

Listing Date: 1 March 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1432913

Location: Cold Higham, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, NN12

County: Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Cold Higham

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Cold Higham St Luke

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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First World War memorial. Erected c1920.


Cold Higham’s war memorial cross, c2m high in a brown sandstone, stands just within the churchyard of the church of St Luke’s (Grade II*). The plain Latin cross, octagonal in section with a moulded foot, rises from the short octagonal shaft. The square plinth, which has a shallow out-sailing cap, is inscribed IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ FROM THIS PARISH WHO/ FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918. The names of the 12 fallen appear on the other three sides. The sloping tablet added to the top of the plinth commemorating those who fell in the Second World War reads SECOND WORLD/ WAR 1939 – 1945/ (2 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, 17 January 2017.


The memorial to 11 men and one woman of Cold Higham who fell in the First World War was presumably erected c1920 like most English war memorials. Following the Second World War, a tablet was added to commemorate those who fell in that conflict. Damage to the cross head and shaft was repaired in 2015 with a grant from South Northamptonshire District Council, and the Second World War tablet was replaced. The memorial was re-dedicated on 8 November that year.

Reasons for Listing

Cold Higham War Memorial, within the churchyard of St Luke’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 conflicts of the C20;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed Church of St Luke and a listed cross-base and headstone (Grade II).

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