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East Peckham War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in East Peckham, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2172 / 51°13'1"N

Longitude: 0.3814 / 0°22'53"E

OS Eastings: 566410

OS Northings: 149138

OS Grid: TQ664491

Mapcode National: GBR NQ9.M7X

Mapcode Global: VHJMJ.KNHR

Entry Name: East Peckham War Memorial

Listing Date: 6 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1458301

Location: East Peckham, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, TN12

County: Kent

District: Tonbridge and Malling

Civil Parish: East Peckham

Built-Up Area: East Peckham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Summary

First World War memorial. Dates of the Second World War subsequently added.

Description

First World War memorial. The names of the fallen from the Second World War were subsequently added.

MATERIALS: limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in front of the west end of the Church of the Holy Trinity. It consists of a wheel cross on a two-tier plinth set on a two-tier base. The front face of the cross and the shaft are decorated with carved Celtic knot-work designs. The incised inscription on the front face of the shaft reads TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN MEMORY/ OF/ THE MEN OF/ THIS PARISH/ WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT/ WAR/ 1914-1918. On the rear of the shaft an additional inscription reads AND/ OF THOSE/ WHO FELL/ IN THE WORLD/ WAR/ 1939-1945.

The names of the 47 fallen from the First World War are inscribed on the front face of the plinth and the 11 of the Second World War (with their rank) on the rear face.

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.

East Peckham War Memorial was dedicated in 1922. The names of the fallen from the Second World War were subsequently added.

Reasons for Listing

East Peckham War Memorial in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Trinity, East Peckham 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:

* as a well executed example of one of the common forms of First World War memorial.

Group value:

* with the adjoining Grade II-listed Church of the Holy Trinity.

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