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Horam War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Horam, East Sussex

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Coordinates

Latitude: 50.9316 / 50°55'53"N

Longitude: 0.2447 / 0°14'41"E

OS Eastings: 557836

OS Northings: 117084

OS Grid: TQ578170

Mapcode National: GBR MS8.GPK

Mapcode Global: FRA C6DN.35X

Entry Name: Horam War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 September 2018

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1459002

Location: Horam, Wealden, East Sussex, TN21

County: East Sussex

District: Wealden

Civil Parish: Horam

Built-Up Area: Horam

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Summary

A stone First World War memorial of around 1920, updated after the Second World War.

Description

A stone First World War memorial of around 1920, updated after the Second World War.
 
MATERIALS: granite.
 
DESCRIPTION: Horam War Memorial is located on a bank outside the Christ Church. It consists of a Celtic-wheel cross supported by a tapered shaft. The shaft stands on a battered square plinth, and below, there is a three-stepped base which is laid in an octagonal shape. The commemorative text is applied in black metal letters, and at the bottom of the shaft reads 1914-1919/ "THEIR NAME/ LIVETH FOR/ EVERMORE". The front face of the plinth carries the names of the fallen from the local community, and the monument also carries the text 1939-1945.


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. One such memorial was raised in 1920 at Horam, East Sussex, as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community, and the combatants who lost their lives in the First World War.

It was unveiled during a furious gale by Reverend W J Humble-Crofts and J Campbell Murray, and was updated with further inscriptions after the Second World War. In the 1960s, the memorial was moved from its original position on the main road (near the recreation ground), to the grass bank outside of the unlisted Christ Church.

Reasons for Listing

Horam War Memorial, which stands on a bank outside the Christ Church, Horam, 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 sacrifice it has made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:
 
*     a modest but dignified monument, made from good quality materials.

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