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Llangrove War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangrove, County of Herefordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8695 / 51°52'10"N

Longitude: -2.6885 / 2°41'18"W

OS Eastings: 352690

OS Northings: 219218

OS Grid: SO526192

Mapcode National: GBR FM.SFQ0

Mapcode Global: VH86N.C81N

Entry Name: Llangrove War Memorial

Listing Date: 17 January 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1462046

Location: Llangarron, County of Herefordshire, HR9

County: County of Herefordshire

Civil Parish: Llangarron

Built-Up Area: Llangrove

Traditional County: Herefordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Herefordshire

Summary


A First World War memorial, dating from around 1920.

Description

A First World War memorial, dating from around 1920.

MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed of stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial stands in a prominent roadside location in front of the primary school and a short distance from Christ Church (Grade II).

The memorial comprises a tall Celtic wheel-cross with tapering shaft on a tapering rectangular pedestal and single-stepped base. The face and shaft of the cross are decorated with carved interlace.

The main inscription in leaded lettering on the south face of the plinth reads:
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THESE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR. A.D. 1914 – 1918/ (14 NAMES)/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS,/ THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS/.

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

Reasons for Listing

Llangrove 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 Celtic-style cross, neatly made and well-proportioned

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