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Clapham Park War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Clapham Common, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4547 / 51°27'17"N

Longitude: -0.1403 / 0°8'25"W

OS Eastings: 529307

OS Northings: 174502

OS Grid: TQ293745

Mapcode National: GBR F2.597

Mapcode Global: VHGR5.JP5N

Entry Name: Clapham Park War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 March 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1441832

Location: Lambeth, London, SW4

County: London

District: Lambeth

Civil Parish: Non Civil Parish

London Borough Ward: Clapham Common

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Clapham Holy Spirit

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Summary

First World War memorial in the form of a Calvary cross, unveiled 1921.

Description

The memorial is located outside the Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Road and consists of a Calvary cross on a tapered octagonal shaft, which stands upon an octagonal plinth around which are two rows of Gothic-style inscriptions interspersed with symbolic decorations. The top row of the inscription reads IN EVER LIVING / MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF / THIS PARISH / WHO LAID DOWN / THEIR LIVES IN / THE WAR OF / MCMXIV XVIII the lower row reads MAY GOD / THE ALL MERCIFUL / GRANT TO THEM / AND TO ALL / WHO DIED FOR / THEIR COUNTRY / HIS LIGHT AND / EVERLASTING LIFE. The whole stands on an octagonal single-stepped base.

History

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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised in Clapham Park outside the Church of the Holy Spirit as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled on 14 November 1921 in a ceremony attended by the Bishop Suffragan of Woolwich and Major General Sir Cuthbert Wallace.

Reasons for Listing

Clapham Park 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 First World War;
* Design: as an imposing and dignified war memorial in the form of a Calvary cross;
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed Church of the Holy Spirit.

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