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Keymer War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Hassocks, West Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9218 / 50°55'18"N

Longitude: -0.1309 / 0°7'51"W

OS Eastings: 531467

OS Northings: 115256

OS Grid: TQ314152

Mapcode National: GBR JMZ.3QP

Mapcode Global: FRA B6MN.SZ1

Plus Code: 9C2XWVC9+PJ

Entry Name: Keymer War Memorial

Listing Date: 23 April 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1455470

ID on this website: 101455470

Location: St Cosmas and St Damian Church, Keymer, Mid Sussex, BN6

County: West Sussex

District: Mid Sussex

Civil Parish: Hassocks

Built-Up Area: Hurstpierpoint

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex

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


The memorial cross stands in a grassed area between the road and the churchyard of the Grade II-listed Church of St Cosmas and St Damian. It comprises a simple rough-hewn granite wheel-head cross rising from a tapering pedestal. The pedestal stands on a base, square on plan, made of granite blocks. The inscriptions are in applied metal lettering.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front face of the pedestal reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND TO THE MEMORY OF THE MEN OF THIS/ PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1919/ (NAMES)/ “THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”. More names are listed on two of the pedestal’s other faces. A raked granite slab added to the base is inscribed AND IN THE WORLD WAR 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).


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 Keymer as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 39 parishioners who died in the First World War. In early 1919 a proposal had been made to convert Keymer manor house into a public hall, library, and garden as a war memorial, whilst a meeting held in late February discussed erecting a granite cross for a war memorial at the parish church. The idea of a hall was still being discussed in January 1921, but by that time the cross had already been erected. Following the Second World War, the names of 12 men who died in that conflict were added to the cross.

Reasons for Listing

Keymer War Memorial, which stands outside the parish church, 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 sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* a simple yet poignant granite memorial wheel-head cross, in the Celtic style.

Group value:

* with the Church of St Cosmas and St Damian and The Greyhound Public House (both Grade II-listed).

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