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Headington Quarry War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Quarry and Risinghurst, Oxfordshire

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Latitude: 51.7576 / 51°45'27"N

Longitude: -1.1981 / 1°11'53"W

OS Eastings: 455443

OS Northings: 206851

OS Grid: SP554068

Mapcode National: GBR 8Z0.PXF

Mapcode Global: VHCXW.52YY

Entry Name: Headington Quarry War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440047

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3

County: Oxfordshire

District: Oxford

Local Authority Ward: Quarry and Risinghurst

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Oxford

Traditional County: Oxfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Oxfordshire

Church of England Parish: Headington Quarry

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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First World War memorial, designed by Frank Ernest Howard and carved by Alec Millar, unveiled in October 1920, with Second World War additions.


MATERIALS: limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is approximately 4.5m high and has a prominent position in the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church.

It faces east and comprises a Calvary cross, decorated in the angles with fleur-de-lys, and the figure of Christ upon the cross sculpted in stone. The cross is set on a tapering octagonal column which has broach stops carved at its base. A sculpted band of what resembles intertwining branches runs around the top of the column and may represent Christ’s crown of thorns. This stands on a hexagonal pedestal, again with carved broach stops, which in turn stands on a three-stepped octagonal base.

On the front, east-facing side of the pedestal the following dedication is inscribed into the stone: 1914 / – / 1918. On three sides of the risers of the uppermost step is the following inscription: TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE MEN FROM THIS PARISH / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR. On the north-facing side of the pedestal the dates 1939 / – / 1945 have been added.

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, 28 July 2017.


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 Headington Quarry 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 architect is recorded as “Mr Howard of Oxford”, presumed to be Frank Ernest Howard (1888–1934) who was a prolific designer of church furnishings based on his deep knowledge of ecclesiastical art and architecture in the Middle Ages. His work can be found throughout Britain but especially within the south of England close to his home base of Oxford where he lived for all his adult life.

The memorial was carved by Alec Millar of Chipping Camden and the masons were E Coppock and F Goodgame of Headington Quarry. It bears no names: instead these are listed on a separate stone plaque in the church porch which refers to this cross in the churchyard.

This war memorial was unveiled by General Sir Robert Fanshawe, KCB, DSO with the Bishop of Oxford performing the dedication in October 1920.

The dates of the Second World War were later added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Headington Quarry 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 well-carved example of a Calvary cross;
* Designer: by Frank Ernest Howard and carved by Alec Millar;
* Group value: with the Church of the Holy Trinity (Grade II).

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