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Latitude: 51.5003 / 51°30'0"N
Longitude: -0.0348 / 0°2'5"W
OS Eastings: 536501
OS Northings: 179757
OS Grid: TQ365797
Mapcode National: GBR K5.1XH
Mapcode Global: VHGR1.BKY7
Entry Name: Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) War Memorial
Listing Date: 7 November 2017
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1449951
Location: Southwark, London, SE16
Electoral Ward/Division: Surrey Docks
Parish: Non Civil Parish
Built-Up Area: Southwark
Traditional County: Surrey
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
First World War memorial.
Cross atop a tall fluted pillar which is decorated with wrap-around leaf garland carvings. This rests on a platform bearing the words "FOR GOD, KING AND COUNTRY" on the front face. Below this is a plinth, topped by a decorated pediment; the front face of this bears the inscription: IN HONOURED MEMORY / OF MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO LAID DOWN THEIR / LIVES IN THE GREAT / EUROPEAN / WAR. / REST ETERNAL GRANT UNTO THEM / O LORD, AND LET LIGHT PERPETUAL / SHINE ON THEM. The right and left faces bear the names of the Fallen. The whole stands on a three-step base.
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, 30 January 2018.
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 Holy Trinity Church (unlisted) in Rotherhithe as a permanent testament to the sacrifices made by the members of the local community. The original church was destroyed by bombing in 1940; the current building dates to 1959.
Rotherhithe (Holy Trinity) 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;
* Architectural interest: as an attractive and dignified war memorial.
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