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Warcop War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Warcop, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.5339 / 54°32'2"N

Longitude: -2.3904 / 2°23'25"W

OS Eastings: 374832

OS Northings: 515475

OS Grid: NY748154

Mapcode National: GBR CJR0.8H

Mapcode Global: WH937.79YK

Entry Name: Warcop War Memorial

Listing Date: 3 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1457762

Location: Warcop, Eden, Cumbria, CA16

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Warcop

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria


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


First World War memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: sandstone; bronze.

DESCRIPTION: Warcop War Memorial is located on a triangular green at the junction of the B6259, Brookside and Castlehill Road, Warcop, Cumbria. It is prominently situated in the heart of Warcop. It comprises a sandstone obelisk on a moulded plinth bearing bronze inscription panels, on a two-tiered base, within a low kerbed square area with small wooden posts and chains surrounding. A laurel wreath is carved at the head of the obelisk, and a sword and rifle are carved at the base, below the inscriptions.



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

Warcop War Memorial was situated on a village green in the heart of the settlement. The memorial commemorates 53 local servicemen who served and 11 who fell in the First World War and five men who fell in the Second World War. The memorial was made by the prolific local monumental masons, Messrs Beattie and Co. of Carlisle. It cost £155 and it was unveiled in 1920 by General Sir Arthur Wynne, KCB.

Reasons for Listing

Warcop War Memorial, which is situated on a triangular green at the junction of the B6259, Brookside and Castlehill Road, 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 sandstone obelisk.

Group value:

* with the Grade II-listed The Fox with Barn and Garage Adjoining, and a Grade II-listed Maypole.

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