History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

War memorial at St Paul's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Westham East, Dorset

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 50.6118 / 50°36'42"N

Longitude: -2.465 / 2°27'54"W

OS Eastings: 367192

OS Northings: 79226

OS Grid: SY671792

Mapcode National: GBR PY.D6DT

Mapcode Global: FRA 57QG.3H6

Entry Name: War memorial at St Paul's Church

Listing Date: 14 December 2016

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441577

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, DT4

County: Dorset

District: Weymouth and Portland

District Council Ward: Westham East

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Weymouth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Weymouth St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

Find accommodation in


First World War memorial, c1920.


First World War memorial, c1920.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is carved from granite and is in the form of a rough-hewn, Celtic-style cross with a tapering shaft that is set into a plinth which stands on a chamfered base. The N face of the plinth carries the inscription in black painted lettering: LET ALL THAT KNOW HIS NAME / PRAISE GOD WITH THANKSGIVING FOR / THOSE VALIANT MEN OF / ST PAUL’S CHURCH AND PARISH / WHO DIED THE DEATH OF HONOUR / FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1919 / AND WHO DEPARTED IN THE HOPE OF / RESURRECTION TO ETERNAL LIFE / “AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING / WE WILL REMEMBER THEM” / ‘IN THAT PLACE OF LIGHT / GIVE THEM REST O LORD’. The names of the Fallen are listed on the other three faces of the plinth.


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 erected in front of the Church of St Paul on Abbotsbury Road, Weymouth to commemorate 73 men of the church and the parish who lost their lives during the conflict.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial at St Paul’s Church, Weymouth is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Design interest: as a simple, yet dignified Celtic cross;
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Group value: with the Grade II listed Church of St Paul.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.