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Llanwarne War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwarne, County of Herefordshire

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Latitude: 51.9502 / 51°57'0"N

Longitude: -2.7196 / 2°43'10"W

OS Eastings: 350641

OS Northings: 228214

OS Grid: SO506282

Mapcode National: GBR FL.M61Q

Mapcode Global: VH867.T74S

Entry Name: Llanwarne War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 January 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1461782

Location: Llanwarne, County of Herefordshire, HR2

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Llanwarne

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire


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


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

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial stands opposite the ruins of the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II* and a scheduled monument ) within the village. It comprises a plain Latin cross on a tapering octagonal shaft set upon a square plinth with a three-stepped octagonal base. The south face of the plinth carries the main inscription in incised lettering: TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THE/ MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE/ THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR KING AND/ COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR./ 1914 – 1918. The north face is inscribed: (NAMES)/ LIVE THOU FOR ENGLAND AS WE/ FOR ENGLAND DIED.

An additional inscription on the west face of the plinth reads: (NAMES)/ 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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. One such memorial was raised at Llanwarne as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by seven members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War.

The names of two parishioners who fell during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Llanwarne War Memorial 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:

* for its well-executed and sombre design in the form of a Latin cross which is fitting for a memorial structure.

Group value:

* with the Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II* and a scheduled monument), its associated lych gate (Grade II) and the churchyard cross (Grade II).

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