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Latitude: 51.9748 / 51°58'29"N
Longitude: -0.7667 / 0°46'0"W
OS Eastings: 484811
OS Northings: 231424
OS Grid: SP848314
Mapcode National: GBR D11.4ZG
Mapcode Global: VHDTD.NMJG
Entry Name: Newton Longville War Memorial
Listing Date: 31 August 2016
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1437711
Location: Newton Longville, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, MK17
District: Aylesbury Vale
Civil Parish: Newton Longville
Built-Up Area: Newton Longville
Traditional County: Buckinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Newton Longville
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
First World War memorial, with later additions for the Second World War.
The memorial stands on Whaddon Road, adjacent to the lych-gate that forms the entrance to the churchyard of the Church of St Faith (Grade I-listed). The circa 4m high granite memorial takes the form of a tall, slender obelisk, square on plan. A small wreath is carved in relief on the front face of the obelisk. The obelisk rises from a tapering pedestal, which stands on a two-stage base.
The front face of the pedestal bears the principal dedication THIS MONUMENT/ IS ERECTED TO THE IMMORTAL/ MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS/ PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ (17 NAMES). The dates 1939 – 1945 with the names of the two men who died in the Second World War are recorded on the front face of the upper stage of the base. All lettering on the front faces of the memorial is in black-painted inset metal letters.
The left and right sides of the pedestal bear the names of those who served in the First World War but who returned, listed under the dedication IN HONOUR/ OF THOSE WHO SERVED. This lettering is incised and painted black.
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was raised at Newton Longville as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 17 members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial also commemorates the other 65 servicemen who served in the conflict but who returned home. The memorial was in place by 1925, when it appears on the 1:2500 County Series map for Buckinghamshire. Following the Second World War the names of two men who died in that conflict were added.
Newton Longville War Memorial, which stands on Whaddon 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 the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant obelisk in the Classical style;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed Church of St Faith.
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