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War Memorial at the Church of All Saints

A Grade II Listed Building in Upper Norwood, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4107 / 51°24'38"N

Longitude: -0.0867 / 0°5'12"W

OS Eastings: 533163

OS Northings: 169702

OS Grid: TQ331697

Mapcode National: GBR HN.SZ8

Mapcode Global: VHGRD.GS1X

Entry Name: War Memorial at the Church of All Saints

Listing Date: 24 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442630

Location: Croydon, London, SE19

County: London

District: Croydon

Local Authority Ward: Upper Norwood

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Croydon

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Saints with St Margaret, Upper Norwood

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Summary

War memorial in the form of a stone Celtic cross on a stepped base.

Description

Stone memorial topped by a Celtic cross, the front of which is overlaid with a carving of a sword. The bottom splays out slightly, and rests on a three-step based. The front of the top two steps both bear inscriptions, however these are now so eroded as to be illegible.

History

The aftermath of the World Wars saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was raised in Upper Norwood at St Margaret's Church on Chevening Road as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. The memorial was unveiled on 24 February 1920 in a ceremony attended by Canon W B Taylor. As St Margaret's had fallen into dereliction, and was demolished in 2012, the war memorial was moved to All Saints Church at some point prior to 2008.

Reasons for Listing

The War Memorial at All Saints Church, Upper Norwood 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 they made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified stone Celtic cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the Church of All Saints and the tomb of Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy, both listed at Grade II.

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