History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

War memorial cross at the Church of All Saints, King's Heath

A Grade II Listed Building in Moseley and Kings Heath, Birmingham

We don't have any photos of this building yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?

Upload Photo »

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »

Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4331 / 52°25'59"N

Longitude: -1.8932 / 1°53'35"W

OS Eastings: 407354

OS Northings: 281683

OS Grid: SP073816

Mapcode National: GBR 61T.WP

Mapcode Global: VH9Z9.43GM

Entry Name: War memorial cross at the Church of All Saints, King's Heath

Listing Date: 5 April 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433675

Location: Birmingham, B14

County: Birmingham

Electoral Ward/Division: Moseley and Kings Heath

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Birmingham

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Kings Heath

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

Find accommodation in
Selly Oak

Summary


First World War memorial, 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands in the small square to the east end of the Anglican Church of All Saints (Grade II), close to the High Street. It comprises a Calvary cross in Bromsgrove sandstone with a sculpted figure of Christ crucified under a canopy, raised on an octagonal shaft. The inscription HE SAVED/ OTHERS/ NOT HIMSELF is inscribed on the front face of the foot of the cross shaft. The shaft stands on a square plinth with moulded shoulders, which stands on a base of three octagonal steps.

The front face of the plinth bears an incised inscription reading IN/ GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS/ 1914 - 1918/ 1939 - 1945/ THEIR LIVES LAID DOWN/ FOR LOVE OF GOD, OF COUNTRY AND OF KING,/ A VICTOR'S CROWN/ GAINED AS ON CALVARY THROUGH SUFFERING.


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 05/04/2016


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 18 January 2017.

History

The memorial was created by Messrs J White and Sons, who were also responsible for several other war memorials in the West Midlands, including those at Pelsall, Shirley, and the Cyclists’ Obelisk at Meriden (Grade II). It was unveiled on 12 November 1921. The Second World War inscription was added in 1947. In 2011 the memorial was moved out of the churchyard and was re-erected to the east of the church in the village square, as part of a village squares project.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial at the Church of All Saints, King’s Heath, which stands in the village square, 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet eloquent Calvary cross by a noted company of monumental masons;
* Group value: with the Anglican Church of All Saints (Grade II-listed).

Recommended Books

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.