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Cornhill-on-Tweed War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.6465 / 55°38'47"N

Longitude: -2.228 / 2°13'40"W

OS Eastings: 385745

OS Northings: 639240

OS Grid: NT857392

Mapcode National: GBR D3W4.FQ

Mapcode Global: WH9Z0.RB6N

Entry Name: Cornhill-on-Tweed War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 July 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1436771

Location: Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, TD12

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Cornhill-on-Tweed

Built-Up Area: Cornhill on Tweed

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Cornhill St Helen

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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First World War memorial, 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


MATERIALS: Granite cross and plinth.

DESCRIPTION: Cornhill-on-Tweed War Memorial stands on the verge at the western end of Main Street, opposite The Collingwood Arms (Grade II-listed). It takes the form of a tall Celtic cross in granite. The front face of the wheel head is ornamented with a voided cross carved in low relief and polished, contrasting with the rough-hewn surfaces. A panel on the front face of the cross shaft, also raised in low relief and polished, is inscribed IN/ GLORIOUS/ MEMORY/ OF/ (13 NAMES)/ ALL/ OF THIS PARISH.

The cross shaft rises from a tapering plinth, rectangular on plan, bearing another raised and polished panel. The principal dedicatory inscription on this panel reads THESE FELL/ IN THE GREAT EUROPEAN WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ "SONS OF THIS PLACE/ LET THIS OF YOU BE SAID/ THAT YOU WHO LIVE/ ARE WORTHY OF YOUR DEAD/ THESE GAVE THEIR LIVES/ THAT YOU WHO LIVE MAY REAP/ A RICHER HARVEST/ ERE YOU FALL ASLEEP"

On the left face of the plinth a similar panel reads (4 NAMES)/ THESE FELL/ IN THE GREAT WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945/ WE THINK OF THEM IN THE MORNING/ AND REMEMBER THEM ON THE/ GOING DOWN OF THE SUN. The plinth stands on a low stone step.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: The memorial stands on a small square pavement and is enclosed on three sides by a chain carried on four low bollards.

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.


Cornhill-on-Tweed War Memorial was unveiled in February 1920 and dedicated by the Rector, Reverend Canon Holland. It commemorates 13 local servicemen who died during the First World War. The plot of land was owned by Captain John Carnaby Collingwood (1870-1952) of Cornhill House: he is thought to have funded the memorial cross. Following the Second World War four names were added. The memorial was refurbished in 2002, when bollards and a chain were installed to enclose the memorial, it was re-dedicated on 10 November 2002.

Reasons for Listing

Cornhill-on-Tweed War Memorial, on Main Street, 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;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified Celtic cross;
* Group value: with The Collingwood Arms (Grade II-listed).

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