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Little Cheverell War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Little Cheverell, Devizes, Wiltshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.2812 / 51°16'52"N

Longitude: -2.0147 / 2°0'52"W

OS Eastings: 399073

OS Northings: 153560

OS Grid: ST990535

Mapcode National: GBR 2VS.MGF

Mapcode Global: VHB4V.1285

Plus Code: 9C3V7XJP+F4

Entry Name: Little Cheverell War Memorial

Listing Date: 9 April 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1463403

Location: Cheverell Parva, Wiltshire, SN10

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Cheverell Parva

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Summary


A First World War memorial, erected in 1921.

Description

A First World War memorial, erected in 1921.

MATERIALS
Stone.

DESCRIPTION
The memorial, approximately 3m tall, takes the form of a plain Latin cross rising from the moulded top of an octagonal plinth, set on a two-stepped octagonal platform. The plinth is inscribed: IN GRATEFUL / MEMORY / OF / THOSE WHO DIED / IN OUR DEFENCE / (NAMES)/

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 Little Cheverell as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. The memorial was unveiled in 1921.

The memorial was cleaned and repaired in 2018.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in Little Cheverell 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 church’s community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

Architectural interest:
* for its design, a dignified Latin cross.

Group value:
* with the Church of St Peter (Grade II), in whose churchyard it stands, and two monuments in the churchyard (Grade II), with which it forms a poignant commemorative grouping.

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