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Tudhoe War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Spennymoor, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7133 / 54°42'48"N

Longitude: -1.5954 / 1°35'43"W

OS Eastings: 426166

OS Northings: 535446

OS Grid: NZ261354

Mapcode National: GBR KF9Y.D5

Mapcode Global: WHC4X.GSJK

Entry Name: Tudhoe War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 January 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440857

Location: Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Spennymoor

Built-Up Area: Spennymoor

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Tudhoe

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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First World War memorial, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


The stone memorial, c3m tall, stands on The Green in the centre of the village. It takes the form of a column, square on plan, standing on a two-stage base. The column’s entablature includes a simple frieze of metopes and triglyphs and a cornice. The column is surmounted by a pyramidal cap. The foot of the memorial is enclosed by a low rail.

Each of the column’s faces is carved to form an elongated shield shape, bearing the inscriptions. The principal dedicatory inscription reads ERECTED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ TUDHOE VILLAGE SOLDIERS/ WHO HAVE MADE THE/ GREAT SACRIFICE/ (NAMES). Two of the lists of names begin TUDHOE VILLAGE/ SOLDIERS AND SAILORS, whilst the final face simply records three names.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 22 February 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. 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 Tudhoe 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 in late-1920, commemorating 60 local servicemen who died in the First World War. It was sculpted by Mr Robert Swinburn of Spennymoor. The name of one soldier who fell in the Second World War was added at a later date. The memorial was originally enclosed by iron railings; these have since been removed.

Reasons for Listing

Tudhoe War Memorial, which stands on The Green, 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: an elegant memorial column in the Classical style.

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