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Kinnersley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Kinnersley, Hereford, County of Herefordshire

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Latitude: 52.1407 / 52°8'26"N

Longitude: -2.9586 / 2°57'30"W

OS Eastings: 334494

OS Northings: 249594

OS Grid: SO344495

Mapcode National: GBR F8.76RH

Mapcode Global: VH77P.NGS8

Plus Code: 9C4V42RR+7H

Entry Name: Kinnersley War Memorial

Listing Date: 21 March 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1459950

Location: Kinnersley, County of Herefordshire, HR3

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Kinnersley

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire


First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.


First World War memorial with later additions for the Second World War.

MATERIALS: Aberdeen granite.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in a prominent location beside the entrance to the churchyard at its south-west corner, close to the Church of St James. The memorial comprises an Aberdeen granite obelisk with a gently tapering three-tiered square plinth and three-stepped square stone base.

The main inscription in gold-painted lettering on the south-west face of the plinth reads: IN MEMORIAM/ TO/ THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO SERVED/ THEIR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ ERECTED BY THE PARISHIONERS/ 1914 – 1918/ ALSO TO THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE WAR OF/ 1939 – 1945.


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

Those parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently commemorated on the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Kinnersley War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard of the Church of St James, 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 an elegant and well-executed Aberdeen granite obelisk.

Group value:

* with the Church of St James (Grade I), kitchen garden walls of Kinnersley Castle (Grade II) and the Bodley monument (Grade II).

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