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Chatton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Chatton, Northumberland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.549 / 55°32'56"N

Longitude: -1.9123 / 1°54'44"W

OS Eastings: 405628

OS Northings: 628368

OS Grid: NU056283

Mapcode National: GBR H428.SN

Mapcode Global: WH9ZK.LSKF

Entry Name: Chatton War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 June 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1435438

Location: Chatton, Northumberland, NE66

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Chatton

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Chatton with Chillingham

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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Summary


First World War memorial, c1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

Chatton War Memorial stands at the western end of a small green in the centre of the village, at the junction of New Road and Church Hill Road. The sandstone memorial comprises a tall Latin cross that stands on a plinth, square on plan, raised on a two-stepped base. The principal dedicatory inscription, incised on the front face of the plinth, reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THOSE FROM THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE TWO GREAT WARS. The left-hand side of the plinth records the list of 12 First World War causalities under the dates 1914 – 1919, whilst the six Second World War names are listed under the dates 1939 – 1945 on the right-hand side.

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, 9 February 2017.

History

A public meeting at Chatton, held in the Spring of 1919, had resolved to install a memorial window or tablet in the parish church to commemorate the village’s war dead. By September of that year this proposal had been reconsidered: instead, a free-standing war memorial would be erected at the village centre. This memorial cross had been raised by September 1920, commemorating 12 local servicemen who died in the First World War. Following the Second World War, the details of six men who fell in that conflict were added.

Reasons for Listing

Chatton War Memorial, which stands on the green at the junction of New Road and Church Hill Road, 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 tall and elegant memorial cross.

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