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Midhurst War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Midhurst, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9859 / 50°59'9"N

Longitude: -0.7378 / 0°44'16"W

OS Eastings: 488689

OS Northings: 121481

OS Grid: SU886214

Mapcode National: GBR DF3.09F

Mapcode Global: FRA 96BH.Y2S

Entry Name: Midhurst War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 October 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1438716

Location: Midhurst, Chichester, West Sussex, GU29

County: West Sussex

District: Chichester

Civil Parish: Midhurst

Built-Up Area: Midhurst

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Church of England Parish: Midhurst St Mary Magdalene and St Denis

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Summary


First World War memorial with further names added after the Second World War.

Description

MATERIALS: Portland stone cross, granite plaques, sandstone pillar, plinth and base.

DESCRIPTION: Midhurst War Memorial consists of a cross rising from a square pillar set on a square plinth.

Plaques are placed down two sides of the pillar. The tops of the plaques bear a carved wreath with 1914 – 1918 at the centre, below which is the list of names.

Further plaques are placed on the plinth which carry the names from the Second World War.

The memorial is set upon a three-stepped hexagonal base.


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, 5 December 2016.

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 Midhurst as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, who lost their lives in the First World War. It commemorates 71 local servicemen who served and the 11 who died during the First World War. The memorial was unveiled in 1923.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the 80 who served and 16 fallen of that conflict.

In 2007 the memorial was conserved with the help of grant aid from War Memorials Trust and in 2013 a new name was added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Midhurst War Memorial 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 community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant and striking memorial cross;
* Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade II*) and other listed buildings along Red Lion Street and Market Square.

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