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Winterbourne War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Winterbourne, West Berkshire

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Latitude: 51.4477 / 51°26'51"N

Longitude: -1.345 / 1°20'42"W

OS Eastings: 445611

OS Northings: 172282

OS Grid: SU456722

Mapcode National: GBR 81C.2S1

Mapcode Global: VHCZ4.MWS2

Entry Name: Winterbourne War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440874

Location: Winterbourne, West Berkshire, RG20

County: West Berkshire

Civil Parish: Winterbourne

Traditional County: Berkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Berkshire

Church of England Parish: Chieveley with Winterbourne and Oare

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.


MATERIALS: sandstone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located by the roadside and it comprises a Latin cross surmounting a tapered shaft set on a square two-tiered plinth. The whole is set upon a square single-stepped base.

The inscription on the plinth in incised letters reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918/ AND IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939 – 1945 (NAMES).

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, 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, 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 Winterbourne as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Following the Second World War, the names of those who lost their lives in that conflict were also added.

Reasons for Listing

Winterbourne 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 the local community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet dignified Latin cross.

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