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Riddlesdown War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Purley, London

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Latitude: 51.3303 / 51°19'49"N

Longitude: -0.1076 / 0°6'27"W

OS Eastings: 531937

OS Northings: 160723

OS Grid: TQ319607

Mapcode National: GBR GZ.TTQ

Mapcode Global: VHGRS.2TYK

Entry Name: Riddlesdown War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442717

Location: Croydon, London, CR8

County: London

District: Croydon

London Borough Ward: Purley

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Greater London

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Riddlesdown St James

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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War memorial in the form of a gabled cross on a plinth.


Tall stone octagonal pillar, topped by a gabled Calvary. This rests on an X-shaped plinth, each face of which bears inscriptions. The front three read as follows - the left-most: ALSO / OF THOSE / WHO DIED / IN THE / WORLD WAR / A.D. / 1939 - 1945; the middle: IN HONOURED AND / LOVING MEMORY OF / THOSE WHO MADE / THE GREAT SACRIFICE / IN THE WORLD WAR / ANNO DOMINE 1914 - 1918 / IN THE HOPE OF PEACE / & GOODWILL ON EARTH; and the right: MAY THEY FIND PEACE AND JOY / + / JESUS SAID: / A NEW COMMANDMENT / I GIVE UNTO YOU / THAT YE LOVE / ONE ANOTHER. The other faces bear the names of the Fallen, with those from the Second World War listed on a face headed with '1939 - 1945'. The memorial rests on a square base.


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 at St James' Church in Riddlesdown as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community. It was designed by F H Greenaway and J E Newberry and unveiled in a ceremony held on 12 December 1920, which was attended by the Reverend Canon Henry Granville Dickson. It was re-dedicated, presumably to honour the Fallen of the Second World War, on the 12 November 1950 by the Reverend FJ Gilbert.

Reasons for Listing

Riddlesdown 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 the local community, and the sacrifices they made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a dignified war memorial in the form of a gabled Calvary cross.

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