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Staplefield War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ansty and Staplefield, West Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.0383 / 51°2'18"N

Longitude: -0.1817 / 0°10'53"W

OS Eastings: 527582

OS Northings: 128126

OS Grid: TQ275281

Mapcode National: GBR JLC.WCX

Mapcode Global: FRA B6HC.R1R

Plus Code: 9C3X2RQ9+88

Entry Name: Staplefield War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 March 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1453474

Location: Ansty and Staplefield, Mid Sussex, West Sussex, RH17

County: West Sussex

Civil Parish: Ansty and Staplefield

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

Summary


First World War Memorial. Designed by Messrs Maile and Son of London and unveiled in 1921. Dates of the Second World War subsequently added.

Description

First World War Memorial. Designed by Messrs Maile and Son of London and unveiled in 1921. Dates of the Second World War subsequently added.

MATERIALS: granite with lead lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located on Staplefield Common, at the junction of Cuckfield Road and Brantridge Lane, within a modern post and chain fence. It consists of a wheel-headed cross on a rough-hewn base standing on a single square step with a paved surround. The cross has an inverted sword carved in relief on the front face.

A smoothed recessed panel on the front face of the base is inscribed TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN HONOUR OF THOSE MEN OF/ STAPLEFIELD/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WARS/ 1914 - 1918 AND 1939 - 1945/ THEIR NAMES ARE INSCRIBED ON THE TABLET IN THE CHURCH.


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 08/03/2018

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 England. One such memorial was raised at Staplefield 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 inscription has been amended to cover the Second World War.

The memorial was built by Messrs Maile and Son of London. It was unveiled on the 12 June 1921 by Lord Leconfield.

Reasons for Listing

Staplefield War Memorial, designed by Messrs Maile and Son and unveiled in 1921, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of a world events on this community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a dignified example of a popular form of war memorial by a well-known company of monumental masons.

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