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King's Sutton War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Banbury, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.021 / 52°1'15"N

Longitude: -1.2757 / 1°16'32"W

OS Eastings: 449795

OS Northings: 236093

OS Grid: SP497360

Mapcode National: GBR 7TH.894

Mapcode Global: VHCWG.TGYJ

Plus Code: 9C4W2PCF+CP

Entry Name: King's Sutton War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 September 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1437781

Location: Kings Sutton, South Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire, OX17

County: Northamptonshire

District: South Northamptonshire

Civil Parish: Kings Sutton

Built-Up Area: Kings Sutton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: King's Sutton St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary


First World War memorial, 1919, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: granite obelisk.

DESCRIPTION: the pale grey granite war memorial is located at The Square, in close proximity to the Church of St Peter and St Paul (Grade I), The Courthouse (Grade II*) and a number of other buildings listed at Grade II around The Square. It consists of a square base surmounted by a tapering plinth and an obelisk, square on plan.

The inscriptions are in lead lettering around the base and plinth. The main dedicatory inscription reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN THE GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE HEROIC MEN/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WARS/ 1914 – 1918 1939 – 1945/ REST IN PEACE.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 17 January 2017.

History

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 King’s Sutton as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars and subsequent conflicts.

The memorial commemorates 22 local servicemen who died during the First World War.  Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the ten who died in that conflict.  The memorial was dedicated in 1919 with a re-dedication taking place in 2009 when the memorial was moved from the cemetery outside the village to the green, in front of the parish church. In 2014 the memorial was cleaned with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

King’s Sutton War Memorial, which stands on The Square, 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 Classical obelisk;
* Group value: with the Church of St Peter and St Paul (Grade I), The Courthouse (Grade II*), and a number of Grade II-listed buildings around The Square.

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