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Edwinstowe and Clipstone War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.195 / 53°11'42"N

Longitude: -1.0647 / 1°3'53"W

OS Eastings: 462579

OS Northings: 366846

OS Grid: SK625668

Mapcode National: GBR 9G3.MND

Mapcode Global: WHFGS.MY5H

Entry Name: Edwinstowe and Clipstone War Memorial

Listing Date: 8 May 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1463357

Location: Edwinstowe, Newark and Sherwood, Nottinghamshire, NG21

County: Nottinghamshire

District: Newark and Sherwood

Civil Parish: Edwinstowe

Built-Up Area: Edwinstowe

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Summary


War memorial, designed and executed by Lidster and Bramer of Worksop, unveiled in a ceremony in December 1920, and dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars.

Description

War memorial, designed and executed by Lidster and Bramer of Worksop, unveiled in a ceremony in December 1920, and dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars.

DESCRIPTION: the war memorial is constructed of grey Cornish granite, and takes the form of a Celtic cross with a tapered shaft, on a two-stepped tapered plinth and two-stepped base, surrounded by a square-plan section of stone paving with a stone ball finial to each corner. The front (north-east) elevation of the shaft bears the following painted inscription: TO THE / GLORY OF / GOD / AND IN / PROUD / MEMORY / OF THE MEN / OF / EDWINSTOWE / AND / CLIPSTONE / WHO FELL IN / THE / GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918; and the upper step of the plinth bears the 28 names of the fallen in two columns. The lower step of the plinth bears the following painted inscription: IN PROUD MEMORY OF THE MEN OF EDWINSTOWE / WHO FELL IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR 1939 – 1945; followed by the 14 names of the fallen in two columns. The war memorial stands within a memorial garden at the corner of Church Street and Mansfield Road in Edwinstowe, bounded by a low stone wall and stone piers, and approached from the north-east corner by a double-leaf metal gate and six stone steps.

History

The aftermath of the First World War (1914-1918) 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 Edwinstowe as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by 28 members of the local community of Edwinstowe and Clipstone who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was designed and executed by Lidster and Bramer of Worksop, and unveiled in a ceremony in December 1920. Following the Second World War (1939-1945), the names of 14 members of the local community who lost their lives were added to the war memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Edwinstowe and Clipstone War Memorial, designed and executed by Lidster and Bramer of Worksop, unveiled in a ceremony in December 1920, and dedicated to the fallen of the First and Second World Wars, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

Architectural interest:
* as a modest but well-executed memorial.

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.

Group value:
* for the strong geographic group value the war memorial holds with nearby listed buildings, including numbers 1, 3 and 5 Church Street (listed at Grade II), and the Church of St Mary (listed at Grade I).

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