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Southall War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ealing, London

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Latitude: 51.5027 / 51°30'9"N

Longitude: -0.3809 / 0°22'51"W

OS Eastings: 512474

OS Northings: 179442

OS Grid: TQ124794

Mapcode National: GBR 4L.4MY

Mapcode Global: VHFTD.BHZC

Entry Name: Southall War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1440943

Location: Ealing, London, UB2

County: London

District: Ealing

Electoral Ward/Division: Southall Green

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Ealing

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St John Southall Green

Church of England Diocese: London

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First World War memorial, designed by James Thomson, surveyor to the Council, unveiled on 8 April 1922, with Second World War additions.


MATERIALS: Portland stone with a York stone base.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located outside the Manor House, Southall. It consists of a cenotaph standing nearly 4m high and set upon a three-stepped base.

The front face of the cenotaph is inscribed with: IN GRATEFUL / MEMORY OF OUR / LOCAL HEROES / WHO GAVE / THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918/ 1939 – 1945.

The bottom step holds an enclosure of metal posts and chain link fence.


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country, 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 Southall as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

Southall War Memorial was unveiled on 8 April 1922 by Col Sidney Peel DSO MP for Uxbridge (Southall being in that constituency from 1918-1939). The memorial was designed by James Thomson, surveyor to the Council, and was constructed by the Southall Masonry Company. The original intention was to build and endow a cottage hospital, however, insufficient funds were raised so the decision was taken to build a cenotaph instead. There were bronze brackets at each side for flags.

Reasons for Listing

Southall 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 elegant and striking cenotaph in Portland stone;
* Designer: by James Thomson, surveyor to the Council;
* Group value: with the Manor House (Grade II*).

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