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South Park War Memorial, Reigate

A Grade II Listed Building in Reigate, Surrey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2269 / 51°13'36"N

Longitude: -0.208 / 0°12'28"W

OS Eastings: 525221

OS Northings: 149053

OS Grid: TQ252490

Mapcode National: GBR JJ6.26N

Mapcode Global: VHGS9.BFW8

Entry Name: South Park War Memorial, Reigate

Listing Date: 6 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1458480

Location: Reigate and Banstead, Surrey, RH2

County: Surrey

District: Reigate and Banstead

Electoral Ward/Division: South Park and Woodhatch

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Reigate

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Summary

First World War memorial. 1920 by the local architect, Vincent Hooper. Names of the fallen from the Second World War subsequently added.

Description

First World War memorial. 1920 by the local architect, Vincent Hooper. Names of the fallen from the Second World War subsequently added.

MATERIALS: Portland stone. Bronze laurel wreath.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is located on the east side of Church Road opposite the entrance to the Church of St Luke. It consists of a tapered Latin cross set on a tall multi-stage plinth. The top stage of the plinth is square with carved scrolls. Below this is an octagonal stage with a moulded lower section and bearing the Latin inscription DEUS VULT (’God wills it’) on the rear face. The bottom of the plinth consists of two square stone blocks on a three tier base. The front face of lower block bears a bronze laurel wreath above the inscription THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. Above it on the upper block is the inscription DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO DIED IN WAR/ 1914-1918. The 21 names of the fallen of the First World War, with their rank, are inscribed on the other three faces of the upper block and the 28 names of the fallen of the Second World War, with the date 1939-1945, on the lower block.

The memorial is surrounded by stone paving with steps to the front descending to the road.

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.

The war memorial at South Park, Reigate was unveiled on 14 November 1920 by Brigadier General G K Cockerill, CB to the designs of local architect, Vincent Hooper (1879-1935). The names of the fallen from the Second World War were subsequently added.

Reasons for Listing

South Park War Memorial, Reigate, erected in 1920 to a design by Vincent Hooper, 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, architect designed, example of one of the most popular forms of First World War memorial.

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