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Burneston War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Burneston, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2592 / 54°15'33"N

Longitude: -1.5279 / 1°31'40"W

OS Eastings: 430848

OS Northings: 484944

OS Grid: SE308849

Mapcode National: GBR KMS5.0Y

Mapcode Global: WHC78.H6MM

Entry Name: Burneston War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1439987

Location: Burneston, Hambleton, North Yorkshire, DL8

County: North Yorkshire

District: Hambleton

Civil Parish: Burneston

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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


Burneston War Memorial is located within the churchyard of St Lambert’s Church. It consists of a stone wheel-head cross with a central rose motif and foliate design to each arm of the cross. The cross rises on a square shaft on a trapezoid plinth which is set upon a single-stepped base.

The memorial is inscribed in raised lettering on the front face of the plinth: THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ IN MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)/ THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. On the step below is: OF THIRTY FOUR MEN FROM THE PARISH OF/ BURNESTON WHO SERVED IN H M FORCES/ THEY LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES.

The side of the plinth has had an additional inscription added for the Second World War which simply reads: 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).


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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and the official policy of not repatriating the dead, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Burneston 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 12 local servicemen who fell during the First World War.

Following the Second World War, a dedication was added to commemorate the two fallen of that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Burneston 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 ornate and striking wheel-head cross with carved decorative details;
* Group value: with St Lambert’s Church (Grade I) and the churchyard wall and gateway (Grade II).

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