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St Mary Cray War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bromley, London

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Latitude: 51.3951 / 51°23'42"N

Longitude: 0.1149 / 0°6'53"E

OS Eastings: 547233

OS Northings: 168352

OS Grid: TQ472683

Mapcode National: GBR QD.X89

Mapcode Global: VHHP4.Y64B

Plus Code: 9F3294W7+2X

Entry Name: St Mary Cray War Memorial

Listing Date: 29 June 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1445170

ID on this website: 101445170

Location: St Mary's Church, St Mary Cray, Bromley, London, BR5

County: London

District: Bromley

Electoral Ward/Division: Cray Valley East

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bromley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

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Portland stone wheeled cross war memorial, unveiled 1919.


Wheel headed cross on a tall shaft, which sits atop a slightly trapezoidal plinth, all of Portland stone. The front face originally bore an inscription which has since eroded so badly as to be illegible; according to sources it read: THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918 / TO THE GREAT AND IMPERISHABLE MEMORY OF / THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE LASTING / WELFARE OF THEIR COUNTRY / LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS: / WE LIFT THEM UP UNTO THE LORD. Over this there is now a metal plaque, which reads: THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED TO / THE MEMORY OF OFFICERS AND MEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1918 / (THEIR NAMES ARE COMMEMORATED / IN FULL INSIDE THE CHURCH). The plinth rests upon a stone platform.

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 the country.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 St Mary Cray at St Mary's Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was unveiled on 29 December 1919 by the Archdeacon of Rochester D Tait, the Vicar of St Mary's Reverend AH Stevenson, and one Mrs RB Berens. It was made by Messrs. Watts and Co of Baker Street, London at a cost of circa £85. By 1996 the original inscription on the plinth has eroded so badly as to be unreadable, so an inscribed metal plaque was attached by Bromley Council.

Reasons for Listing

St Mary Cray 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 it made in the First World War;
* Design: as a simple yet dignified Portland stone cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed St Mary's Church.

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