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Ellington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Ellington, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.3321 / 52°19'55"N

Longitude: -0.2986 / 0°17'54"W

OS Eastings: 516033

OS Northings: 271811

OS Grid: TL160718

Mapcode National: GBR H16.PBX

Mapcode Global: VHGLT.SN01

Entry Name: Ellington War Memorial

Listing Date: 8 August 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1456855

Location: Ellington, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE28

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire

Civil Parish: Ellington

Built-Up Area: Ellington

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire


First World War memorial unveiled in 1920.


First World War memorial unveiled in 1920.

DESCRIPTION: Ellington War Memorial is located in the churchyard to the north of the Church of All Saints (Grade I-listed).

The memorial takes the form of an obelisk rising from a pedestal with a moulded collar and foot on a single stepped base. The north face of the pedestal reads ERECTED/ IN HONOUR OF/ (NAMES)/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918. The east face bears the inscription PASS NOT THIS STONE IN SORROW/ BUT IN PRIDE/ AND MAY YOU LIVE AS NOBLY/ AS THEY DIED. On the south face of the memorial is the inscription ALSO/ IN MEMORY OF/ (NAME)/ WHO DIED AT COLOGNE/ WHILE SERVING WITH THE/ ARMY OF OCCUPATION, while the west face reads THEY DIED/ FOR LIBERTY AND HONOUR.


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

Ellington War Memorial was unveiled in 1920. A Roll of Honour can also be found inside the church.

Reasons for Listing

Ellington War Memorial, which is situated in the churchyard to the north 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 sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:

* as a well-executed stone obelisk.

Group value:

* with the Church of All Saints (Grade I), tombs within the churchyard (Grade II) and buildings to the north including The Mermaid, The Stores and Oakley Cottage (all Grade II-listed).

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