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Friskney War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Friskney, Lincolnshire

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Latitude: 53.076 / 53°4'33"N

Longitude: 0.1796 / 0°10'46"E

OS Eastings: 546107

OS Northings: 355420

OS Grid: TF461554

Mapcode National: GBR LY7.47G

Mapcode Global: WHJMC.QYQ7

Entry Name: Friskney War Memorial

Listing Date: 15 August 2017

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1449024

Location: Friskney, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire, PE22

County: Lincolnshire

District: East Lindsey

Civil Parish: Friskney

Built-Up Area: Friskney

Traditional County: Lincolnshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lincolnshire


First World War memorial, unveiled 1921, with later additions for the Second World War.


The war memorial is located in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed), facing The Avenue. It is a 5.3m tall cross built in a white stone, partially encircled by three low walls of brick and stone. The cross has a four-stepped octagonal base with a small octagonal pedestal. The tapering cross shaft supports a foliated cross head.

The east and west faces of the pedestal are inscribed with incised lettering. On the east side this reads: LIVE THOU/ FOR/ ENGLAND/ WE FOR ENGLAND DIED. On the west side the inscription is: ERECTED IN/ HONOUR OF THE/ MEN OF FRISKNEY/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.

Behind the memorial, to the west, there are three low walls with brick plinths and stone blind arcades, within which are carved the names, place of death and dates of those from the parish who died. The curved wall immediately behind the memorial was erected with the memorial, with the two flanking walls added after the Second World War.

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 26/10/2017


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 at Friskney as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The memorial was unveiled on 20 March 1921. It was designed by Mrs Edith Marian Cheales, wife of Reverend John Pacey Cheales. Following a muffled peal of the church bells parishioners and relatives of those who had died attended a service at the church, before proceeding to the memorial led by the Friskney Brass Band and the church choir. The memorial was unveiled by Captain SV Hotchkin MP. The names of the fallen were read out by ex-serviceman James William Clarke, the first from the village to volunteer. As each of the 15 names were called a child relative laid a wreath against the name and repeated the words “He died for his country”. After the Second World War two small enclosing walls were added behind the memorial, bearing the names of those who had died in that conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Friskney War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of All Saints, 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 made in the conflicts of the C20;

Architectural interest:

* An elegant memorial cross with enclosing memorial walls, all in the Gothic style;

Group value:
*     With the Church of All Saints (Grade I), the Grade I-listed and scheduled churchyard cross, and other Grade II-listed buildings in the environs.

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