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Cartmel Fell War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Cartmel Fell, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.2846 / 54°17'4"N

Longitude: -2.8977 / 2°53'51"W

OS Eastings: 341652

OS Northings: 488036

OS Grid: SD416880

Mapcode National: GBR 8L6W.FV

Mapcode Global: WH830.GKCP

Plus Code: 9C6V74M2+RW

Entry Name: Cartmel Fell War Memorial

Listing Date: 7 August 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1457220

Location: Cartmel Fell, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA11

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Cartmel Fell

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Summary


First World War memorial, 1924, with Second World War additions.

Description

First World War memorial, 1924.

DESCRIPTION: Cartmel Fell War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St Anthony’s Church, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria. It is prominently situated just inside the churchyard entrance, near to the lych gate and close to the paths leading to the church. It comprises a local slate monolith with flat front and back faces and rough-hewn sides, on a two-tiered square base of rubble and slab construction. The front face bears the inscriptions, and includes a relief-carved wreath with ribbons bearing relief-carved dates of the First World War.

The inscription is in incised lettering and reads: 1914 1918/ THIS STONE & LYCH GATE/ WERE ERECTED TO THE MEMORY/ OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN/ OF THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR/ (NAMES) LEST WE FORGET/ ALSO/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES).

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

Cartmel Fell War Memorial was situated within the churchyard. The memorial commemorates 11 local servicemen who fell in the First World War and two men who fell in the Second World War. It was designed by architect J F Curwen, of Kendal and Heversham, in conjunction with the lych gate which also formed part of the memorial scheme. They were unveiled in April 1924.

Reasons for Listing

Cartmel Fell War Memorial, which is situated in St Anthony’s Churchyard, 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 simple but well-executed slate monolith.

Group value:

* with the Grade I-listed Church of St Anthony and the Grade II-listed Base of Sundial in the churchyard.

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