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Widdrington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Widdrington Village, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.2554 / 55°15'19"N

Longitude: -1.6009 / 1°36'3"W

OS Eastings: 425464

OS Northings: 595763

OS Grid: NZ254957

Mapcode National: GBR K78N.6W

Mapcode Global: WHC2D.C5WG

Entry Name: Widdrington War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 February 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1442834

Location: Widdrington Village, Northumberland, NE61

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Widdrington Village

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Widdrington Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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First World War memorial, unveiled 1920.


The c5m tall memorial stands in the churchyard, to the north side of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Grade I-listed). It takes the form of a rough-hewn granite cross with a wheel-head in the Celtic style. The cross shaft rises from a tapering plinth. The plinth stands on a stone base made to look like a stony outcrop.

A small panel at the foot of the cross shaft is inscribed THEIR NAME/ LIVETH/ FOR/ EVERMORE. Below, to the front face of the plinth, the principal dedicatory inscription reads WIDDRINGTON MEMORIAL/ SACRED/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ THE MEN FROM THIS DISTRICT/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1919. The commemorated names are listed to wither side of the plinth, in applied metal lettering.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 25 July 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 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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Widdrington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial cross was unveiled on 28 November 1920 by Colonel Taylor DSO of Dilston Hall, Corbridge, and dedicated by Bishop Ormsby.

Reasons for Listing

Widdrington War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard, 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;
* Architectural interest: a simple yet poignant wheel-head cross in the Celtic style;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed Church of the Holy Trinity, churchyard monuments listed at Grade II, and the scheduled Widdrington Castle and 18th century Gothic castle and gardens south of Widdrington Farm.

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