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Arkley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in High Barnet, London

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Latitude: 51.6477 / 51°38'51"N

Longitude: -0.2319 / 0°13'54"W

OS Eastings: 522429

OS Northings: 195800

OS Grid: TQ224958

Mapcode National: GBR B4.S80

Mapcode Global: VHGQ4.XVS8

Plus Code: 9C3XJQX9+37

Entry Name: Arkley War Memorial

Listing Date: 20 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1443693

ID on this website: 101443693

Location: Arkley, Barnet, London, EN5

County: London

District: Barnet

Electoral Ward/Division: High Barnet

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Barnet

Traditional County: Hertfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Chipping Barnet

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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First World War memorial, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial stands at the junction of Barnet Road and Rowley Green Road. It comprises a tall, stone Celtic cross, rising from a plinth, square on plan, which stands on a two-stepped base. The front face of the cross has elaborate knot-work carvings, and the shaft bears a carving of a sword. The front face of the plinth bears the inscription IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE BRAVE MEN FROM THIS / VILLAGE WHO GAVE THEIR / LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY / IN THE WARS OF 1914 - 1919 / AND 1939 - 1945.

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, 5 June 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 which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised in Arkley 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 in 1920.

Reasons for Listing

Arkley 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 conflicts of the C20;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified Celtic cross;
* Group value: with the adjacent Grade II-listed Church of St Peter.

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