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Stoke Goldington and Gayhurst War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Stoke Goldington, Milton Keynes

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1294 / 52°7'45"N

Longitude: -0.7773 / 0°46'38"W

OS Eastings: 483792

OS Northings: 248609

OS Grid: SP837486

Mapcode National: GBR CZ3.G96

Mapcode Global: VHDSM.GQXY

Entry Name: Stoke Goldington and Gayhurst War Memorial

Listing Date: 29 August 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1457927

Location: Stoke Goldington, Milton Keynes, MK16

County: Milton Keynes

Civil Parish: Stoke Goldington

Built-Up Area: Stoke Goldington

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Summary


First World War memorial cross, unveiled 1920, with later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The Portland stone memorial stands on the green area at the junction of Westside Lane and High Street, adjacent to numerous Grade II-listed buildings. It comprises a two-stepped square base, surmounted by a square-sectioned tapering plinth with incised inscription panels. The cross shaft, octagonal in section and with a moulded foot and collar, supports the wheel-head cross. The cross-head arms are terminated by carved flower heads.

The principal dedicatory inscription to the front (east) face of the plinth reads THIS MEMORIAL/ WAS ERECTED BY/ THE INHABITANTS OF/ STOKE GOLDINGTON AND GAYHURST/ IN MEMORY OF THEIR HEROES/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR. 1914-1919./ WORLD WAR. 1939-1945. The commemorated names are listed on the north and west sides, grouped by year of death. An inscription to the south side reads GREATER LOVE/ HATH NO MAN, THAN THIS./ THAT A MAN LAY DOWN/ HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIEND.

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 Stoke Goldington as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 31 members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was unveiled on 28 March 1920 by the Bishop of Buckingham. A photograph taken between 1925 and 1936 shows that the green on which the memorial stands was once enclosed by a timber fence and that access to the memorial was from the west. Following the Second World War, the names of three local men who died in that conflict were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Stoke Goldington and Gayhurst War Memorial, which stands on Stoke Goldington High Street, 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 wheel-head cross.

Group value:

* with numerous adjacent Grade II-listed buildings including 10, High Street, The Bakehouse, The Old Thatched Cottage, and Eaton Beeches.

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