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Bromsgrove All Saints' War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3416 / 52°20'29"N

Longitude: -2.0518 / 2°3'6"W

OS Eastings: 396566

OS Northings: 271506

OS Grid: SO965715

Mapcode National: GBR 2FY.434

Mapcode Global: VH9ZL.DD4R

Entry Name: Bromsgrove All Saints' War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 January 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1461887

Location: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61

County: Worcestershire

District: Bromsgrove

Electoral Ward/Division: Lowes Hill

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bromsgrove

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Summary


A First World War memorial dating from around 1920.

Description

A First World War memorial dating from around 1920.

MATERIALS: stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in the churchyard to the north-west of the Church of All Saints (listed Grade II).

The memorial comprises an imposing block-built octagonal obelisk set upon a substantial plinth and two-stepped base. The corners of the plinth are decorated with resin laurel wreaths that replicate the original cast bronze wreaths.

The main inscription on a resin plaque attached to the plinth bears the dates of 1914-1918. The names of the 104 men are inscribed on two resin plaques and one bronze plaque attached to the plinth.

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: therefore the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss.

One such memorial was raised at Bromsgrove All Saints’ as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed by The Bromsgrove Guild.

In 2015, the memorial was vandalised, the stonework damaged and three of the four bronze plaques and all of the bronze laurel wreaths were stolen. The memorial was restored and the bronze plaques and laurel wreaths replaced with resin replicas in 2017.

Reasons for Listing

Bromsgrove All Saints' War Memorial is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Historic interest:

* as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact on the local community of the events of the First World War.

Architectural interest:

* the memorial is a dignified and sombre stone obelisk, neatly made and well-proportioned.

Group value

* it has good group value with the Grade II listed All Saints' Church.

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