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Pimlico (St Barnabas) War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Richmond, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4902 / 51°29'24"N

Longitude: -0.1518 / 0°9'6"W

OS Eastings: 528410

OS Northings: 178429

OS Grid: TQ284784

Mapcode National: GBR BM.2Y

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.BS3Y

Plus Code: 9C3XFRRX+37

Entry Name: Pimlico (St Barnabas) War Memorial

Listing Date: 29 June 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1445892

Location: Westminster, London, SW1W

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: Churchill

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

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Summary


War memorial in the form of a statue of Mary with the infant Christ set on a plinth, situated in a platformed area with stepped backing wall.

Description

Statue of a robed Virgin Mary holding the infant Christ, his arms outstretched; both have halos. This stands atop an octagonal pillar which rests on a half-octagon plinth, the faces of which are decorated with quatrefoils. The plinth stands on a platformed area, replete with a tiered backing wall. The uppermost section, behind the pillar, has two panels bearing (badly eroded) inscriptions, which are designed to be read together. It reads: ? lives | to Almighty God / ? vouchsafed | to us in the war of / 1914 - 1918 and to the | sacred memory of those / connected with this | Church and Parish / who suffered and gave | their lives in the cause | of justice liberty and truth this figure of / ? Love is dedicated | ?.


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.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised in Pimlico at St Barnabas Church as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community.

Reasons for Listing

Pimlico (St Barnabas) 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 an attractive war memorial with a well executed sculpture of Mary with the infant Christ;
* Group value: with the Grade I-listed St Barnabas Church and Grade II-listed Parsonage and Gateway.

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