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Greatham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Greatham, Hartlepool

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.6406 / 54°38'25"N

Longitude: -1.2382 / 1°14'17"W

OS Eastings: 449264

OS Northings: 527537

OS Grid: NZ492275

Mapcode National: GBR MGSS.Q8

Mapcode Global: WHD6L.YMKB

Entry Name: Greatham War Memorial

Listing Date: 18 October 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437141

Location: Greatham, Hartlepool, TS25

County: Hartlepool

Civil Parish: Greatham

Built-Up Area: Greatham

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Greatham

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Summary


First World War memorial, 1922, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The memorial stands in the NE corner of the churchyard of the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II*-listed). It takes the form of a granite Celtic cross with a reversed sword carved in low relief on the front face. The cross stands on a tapering plinth, rectangular on plan.

The principal dedicatory inscription on the front face of the plinth reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918/ “WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.”/ (13 NAMES). The Second World War dedication to the right face of the plinth reads 1939 – 45/ (13 NAMES)/ WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM.

The memorial stands within an octagonal gravelled area, defined by a low stone kerb and approached by a rake of stone steps leading up from the path to the north. The steps are flanked by dwarf walls with flat stone coping and ball finials.

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.

History

Greatham War Memorial was unveiled on 16 July 1922 by the Archdeacon of Auckland. It commemorates 13 local servicemen who died during the First World War. The memorial cost £140, raised by public subscription. Following the Second World War a further 13 names were added of the fallen from that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Greatham War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St John the Baptist, 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;
* Group value: with the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II*).

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