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Shelford War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.9724 / 52°58'20"N

Longitude: -1.0153 / 1°0'55"W

OS Eastings: 466220

OS Northings: 342123

OS Grid: SK662421

Mapcode National: GBR 9JW.N3N

Mapcode Global: WHFHZ.CKR5

Plus Code: 9C4WXXCM+XV

Entry Name: Shelford War Memorial

Listing Date: 11 June 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1454916

Location: Shelford, Rushcliffe, Nottinghamshire, NG12

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Rushcliffe

Civil Parish: Shelford

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Summary


First World War memorial, unveiled in 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

First World War memorial, 1920, with Second World War additions.

DESCRIPTION: Shelford War Memorial is set in a gravelled area and consists of a stone wheel-head cross with a total height of 4m. The cross stands on a tapering shaft which stands on a tapering plinth. The north, west and eastern faces of the plinth have incised inscriptions. The plinth stands on a three-stepped square base. The northern face of the plinth is incised with 12 names of the First World War in black letters in one column. Below on the top step of the base is incised GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT/ A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.

The eastern face of the plinth is incised with ERECTED BY THE/ PARISHIONERS OF SHELFORD/ IN GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE/ AND HONOUR TO THE MEN OF/ THIS PARISH WHO FELL IN/ THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919.

The western face of the plinth is incised with 1939 – 45 below which is one name.

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

In 1920 in response to the losses of the First World War the Shelford and Newton Parish Councils were given land from the Earl of Caernarvon to erect a memorial to the servicemen who had fallen in war. The land had formerly been used as the village pinfold. The area is enclosed by a brick wall to the south and iron railings to the north.

The total cost of the memorial was £170 and work in carting and erecting materials and fencing was carried out voluntarily by parishioners. The memorial lists the names of 12 servicemen from the villages of Shelford, Newton and Saxondale who fell in the First World War and it was unveiled by Major Cecil Godfrey MC of Carlton on 11 July 1920.

The name of one who fell in the Second World War has been added to the memorial. There are two wooden plaques in the nearby Church of St Peter and St Paul dedicated to the servicemen of Shelford detailing names of all who served.

Reasons for Listing


Shelford War Memorial, which is prominently sited at a road junction in Shelford, 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 sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* an elegant design of a tall stone wheel-head cross.

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