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Old Boys of Vicarage Street School War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Abbey, Warwickshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5215 / 52°31'17"N

Longitude: -1.4632 / 1°27'47"W

OS Eastings: 436518

OS Northings: 291646

OS Grid: SP365916

Mapcode National: GBR 6KQ.WDB

Mapcode Global: VHBWD.LW9D

Entry Name: Old Boys of Vicarage Street School War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 April 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1444661

Location: Nuneaton and Bedworth, Warwickshire, CV11

County: Warwickshire

District: Nuneaton and Bedworth

Civil Parish: Non Civil Parish

District Council Ward: Abbey

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Nuneaton St Nicolas

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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Summary

First World War memorial. Erected in between 1919 and 1939. Architect unknown.

Description

First World War memorial. Erected in between 1919 and 1939. Architect unknown.
MATERIALS: Carved from limestone.
DESCRIPTION: The Vicarage Street Church School War Memorial is located within the churchyard of St Nicolas (Grade I-Listed).
It consists of a limestone Latin wheel cross with decorated collar. The cross sits on an octagonal shaft which rises from a cross-shaped plinth on a two-stepped base.
The inscriptions on the plinth read: + REMEMBER BEFORE GOD + / THE SOULS OF THE MASTERS AND OF THE OLD BOYS / OF THE VICARAGE STREET CHURCH SCHOOL NUNEATON / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918 / "MAY THEY REST IN PEACE" / (NAMES) / THE MEMORIAL WAS REMOVED TO THE CHURCHYARD AND RESTORED IN 1985 / RE-DEDICATED TO THE FALLEN OF THE 1939 - 1945 WAR AND SINCE / FROM THIS COMMUNITY / THEY ARE AT PEACE NOW / "LORD MAKE US INSTRUMENTS OF YOUR PEACE".
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.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw an unprecedented wave of public commemoration with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in the grounds of the Vicarage Street School, to commemorate former pupils who fell in the conflict.
The memorial was moved in 1985, following the closure of the school, to the grounds of St Nicolas’ Church, and was renovated at the same time. The monument shaft was broken when it was struck by a tree during works to the churchyard in 2014. The shaft was repaired like-for-like.

Reasons for Listing

The Old Boys of Vicarage Street School War Memorial, which stands in the grounds of St Nicolas Church, 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 it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Design: a Latin wheel cross on a tall limestone shaft;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed Church of St Nicolas and Grade II-listed Old Grammar School.

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