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War memorial in the churchyard of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric

A Grade II Listed Building in Durham, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.778 / 54°46'40"N

Longitude: -1.5808 / 1°34'50"W

OS Eastings: 427062

OS Northings: 542646

OS Grid: NZ270426

Mapcode National: GBR KFD6.K0

Mapcode Global: WHC4Q.P5FF

Plus Code: 9C6WQCH9+6M

Entry Name: War memorial in the churchyard of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric

Listing Date: 16 May 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1433777

ID on this website: 101433777

Location: St Godric's Church, Durham, County Durham, DH1

County: County Durham

Electoral Ward/Division: Elvet and Gilesgate

Parish: City of Durham

Built-Up Area: Durham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Durham St Margaret of Antioch

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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First World War memorial, 1923.


The memorial stands in the grounds of the Church of St Godric (Grade II-listed), on the north side overlooking Castle Chare and with views out over the city of Durham. It comprises a tall, gabled, Calvary cross in Portland stone. The cross shaft rises from a six-sided pedestal, trapezoidal on plan. The front face of the pedestal is a panel of blind arcading on which the principal dedicatory inscription is carved: THIS/ MONUMENT WAS/ ERECTED BY THE/ MEMBERS OF/ ST. GODRIC'S PARISH/ TO THE/ MEMORY OF THOSE/ BRAVE MEN FROM/ THIS PARISH/ WHO LAID DOWN/ THEIR LIVES IN/ DEFENCE OF THEIR/ COUNTRY IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918. / R.I.P.

To either side, in similar panels, a figure of a soldier and sailor with arms reversed are carved in relief. The commemorated names are listed on the two outer-most faces. On the rear a small cross of St Cuthbert is carved in low relief in a roundel. The pedestal stands on a three-stepped base.

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, 7 February 2017.


As early as November 1915 the incumbent of St Godric’s Church, Reverend Canon Thornton, had suggested that the parishioners should plan to erect a war memorial. He called a parish meeting two years later, recommending that each family in the parish aim to donate £1 over the course of 1918. The war memorial was unveiled on 13 May 1923 by Lt-Col J R Ritson, 8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. It was dedicated by Reverend Canon Thornton in commemoration of 40 local servicemen who had died during the First World War.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial standing in the churchyard of the Church of St Godric, Durham, 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;
* Degree of survival: the war memorial has not been adapted for Second World War commemoration, and retains its original design;
* Group value: with the Church of St Godric (Grade II-listed).

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