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Wimbledon Park War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in West Hill, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4431 / 51°26'35"N

Longitude: -0.219 / 0°13'8"W

OS Eastings: 523871

OS Northings: 173070

OS Grid: TQ238730

Mapcode National: GBR BK.X08

Mapcode Global: VHGR4.5Z2M

Entry Name: Wimbledon Park War Memorial

Listing Date: 3 July 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1445669

Location: Wandsworth, London, SW19

County: London

District: Wandsworth

Electoral Ward/Division: West Hill

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Wandsworth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

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Summary

War memorial, unveiled 1920, in the form of a gabled cross set on a plinth.

Description

Gabled cross replete with Christ sculpture, atop a tall octagonal shaft. This rests on an octagonal plinth, the faces of which are alternately decorated with quatrefoil-style designs and the names of the Fallen. The plinth rests on a two-step octagonal base; the upper section bears the words "LEST.WE.FORGET" on its front face, with "A.D. 1914" and "A.D. 1918" on the faces to either side.


This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 20 July 2017.

History

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 at St Paul's Church in Wimbledon Park as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. It was unveiled on 24 January 1920, at a cost of £495.

Reasons for Listing

Wimbledon Park 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 dignified and imposing gabled cross war memorial;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed St Paul's Church.

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