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Burgh by Sands War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Burgh by Sands, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.9226 / 54°55'21"N

Longitude: -3.0488 / 3°2'55"W

OS Eastings: 332877

OS Northings: 559157

OS Grid: NY328591

Mapcode National: GBR 7C4J.R5

Mapcode Global: WH7ZV.4JGM

Plus Code: 9C6RWXF2+2F

Entry Name: Burgh by Sands War Memorial

Listing Date: 13 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441498

Location: Burgh By Sands, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Burgh by Sands

Built-Up Area: Burgh by Sands

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Burgh-by-Sands St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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First World War memorial unveiled on 31 October 1921 with later additions for the Second World War.


MATERIALS: Aberdeen granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located in the Church of St Michael’s Cemetery Extension in Burgh By Sands. It comprises a wheel-head cross surmounting a rectangular tapered shaft. The shaft is set upon a two-tiered tapered plinth and a single-stepped base.

The front face of the upper tier of the plinth is inscribed IN / MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF / THIS PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918. Below on the lower tier is THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES / FOR FREEDOM AND FOR HONOUR / THEIR EXAMPLE WILL BE / AN ABIDING INSPIRATION. The other faces are inscribed with the names of the fallen. On the back is the later inscription IN MEMORY OF THE ABOVE / WHO FELL IN WORLD WAR II / 1939 – 1945.

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, 17 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 Burgh By Sands as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 16 members of the local community who fell during the First World War.

The memorial was erected by public subscription, costing £63 19s 6d, and the builders were Messrs Beattie and Co. It was unveiled on 31 October 1921.

Following the Second World War, an inscription dedicated to those who lost their lives in that conflict was added.

Reasons for Listing

Burgh By Sands 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 local community, and the sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: an elegant and striking Aberdeen granite wheel-head cross.
* Group value: with Burgh By Sands Roman Fort and Hadrian’s Wall (scheduled monument), the Old Vicarage (Grade II) and the Church of St Michael (Grade I).

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