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War Memorial at the Church of Holy Innocents

A Grade II Listed Building in South Norwood, London

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Latitude: 51.3971 / 51°23'49"N

Longitude: -0.0797 / 0°4'46"W

OS Eastings: 533686

OS Northings: 168204

OS Grid: TQ336682

Mapcode National: GBR HP.NLG

Mapcode Global: VHGRL.K4QS

Entry Name: War Memorial at the Church of Holy Innocents

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442659

Location: Croydon, London, SE25

County: London

District: Croydon

London Borough Ward: South Norwood

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Croydon

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: South Norwood Holy Innocents

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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First World War memorial in the form of a stone Celtic cross, unveiled in 1922.


Stone Celtic cross, resting on a trapezoidal plinth on top of a stone base. The front of the plinth bears the inscription: IN MEMORY OF OUR COMRADES / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 / ST MARKS COY, NO. 969 / CHURCH LADS' BRIGADE / K.R.R.C. CADETS / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVER / R.I.P. The right and left faces bear the names of the Fallen.

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, 3 March 2017.

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendmentment on 13/09/2017


The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was raised in South Norwood outside Holy Innocents Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was made by Ebutt and Sons and unveiled on 19 November 1922 in a ceremony attended by Colonel Hugh Lawrence CMG.

Reasons for Listing

The War Memorial at the Church of Holy Innocents 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 First World War;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified stone Celtic cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the Church of Holy Innocents (Grade II*).

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