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Aston War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Aston, Cheshire West and Chester

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Latitude: 53.3014 / 53°18'4"N

Longitude: -2.6675 / 2°40'3"W

OS Eastings: 355609

OS Northings: 378476

OS Grid: SJ556784

Mapcode National: GBR 9ZT8.88

Mapcode Global: WH993.080Y

Plus Code: 9C5V882J+GX

Entry Name: Aston War Memorial

Listing Date: 11 November 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439502

ID on this website: 101439502

Location: Aston, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire, WA7

County: Cheshire West and Chester

Civil Parish: Aston

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Aston St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chester

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


The memorial stands outside the Church of St Peter (Grade I-listed) on a triangle of grass at the roadside. The sandstone monument, c2.5m tall, takes the form of a tapering pillar, square on plan. The pillar is surmounted by a pyramidal cap, below which, to the front, is a wreath suspended from a ribbon carved in relief.

The principal dedicatory inscription, on the main body of the pillar, reads OUR FALLEN HEROES / 1914 – 1919/ (NAMES). Below this on the base the later inscription continues 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES). One First World War name is recorded to the west face of the memorial, reading WALCOT HARMOOD BANNER, (CAPT).

The Memorial stands on a square step and is enclosed by a square fence of round-headed iron railings with a small gate to the north side.


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. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriating the dead: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Aston as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was unveiled by Colonel DH Talbot and dedicated on 27 February 1922, commemorating 16 local servicemen who died during the First World War. Following the Second World War a further five names were added recording those who died in that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Aston War Memorial, which stands on Aston Lane, 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 yet elegant memorial in the Classical style;
* Group value: with the Church of St Peter (Grade I) and a number of Grade II-listed churchyard monuments.

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