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Eaglesfield War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Dean, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.6396 / 54°38'22"N

Longitude: -3.3854 / 3°23'7"W

OS Eastings: 310680

OS Northings: 528048

OS Grid: NY106280

Mapcode National: GBR 4GSS.VL

Mapcode Global: WH6ZW.ZN12

Entry Name: Eaglesfield War Memorial

Listing Date: 22 August 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1457599

Location: Dean, Allerdale, Cumbria, CA13

County: Cumbria

District: Allerdale

Civil Parish: Dean

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Summary

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

Description

First World War memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: grey granite.

DESCRIPTION: Eaglesfield War Memorial is located in the churchyard of St Philip’s Church, Hotchberry Brow, Mosser, Eaglesfield, Cumbria. It is prominently situated near to the church porch. It comprises a polished grey granite obelisk on a plinth with moulded cap, on a two-tiered square base. The plinth bears the inscriptions in incised lettering.

The inscription reads ERECTED/ IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ FREEDOM, RIGHT AND PEACE/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 – 1918// (NAMES)// AND ALSO OF THOSE/ WHO FELL IN THE WAR/ 1939 – 1945/ (NAMES)// THEIR NAME LIVETH/ FOR EVERMORE.

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

Eaglesfield War Memorial also represents the fallen from Blindbothel and Mosser. The memorial was made by Walker Brothers and was situated within the churchyard. The memorial was unveiled on 28 November 1920 by Chancellor Campbell and it commemorates eight local servicemen who fell in the First World War and two men who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Eaglesfield War Memorial, which is situated in St Philip’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 granite obelisk.

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