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Scaleby War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Scaleby, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.9597 / 54°57'34"N

Longitude: -2.8637 / 2°51'49"W

OS Eastings: 344788

OS Northings: 563122

OS Grid: NY447631

Mapcode National: GBR 8CF2.TW

Mapcode Global: WH7ZQ.ZLGQ

Plus Code: 9C6VX45P+VG

Entry Name: Scaleby War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 April 2019

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1463523

ID on this website: 101463523

Location: Scaleby, Cumberland, Cumbria, CA6

County: Cumbria

District: Carlisle

Civil Parish: Scaleby

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

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First World War memorial, 1920.


First World War memorial, 1920.

MATERIALS: grey Scottish granite

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is prominently situated outside the village hall facing the main road through the settlement and visible from the road. It takes the form of a wheel head Celtic cross with a central boss surrounded by knot work carvings, which continue on to the uppermost and lowermost sections of the shaft. The latter is tapering and bears inscriptions in leaded lettering, atop a two-tiered moulded base. The inscription is in leaded lettering on the front face of the base and reads: TO THE MEN OF THIS PARISH/ WHO SERVED IN THE WAR/ 1914-1918. The names of the two Fallen are listed by surname at the top of the shaft, and underneath are listed the names of those who served and returned.


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, which meant that the memorials provided the main focus of the grief felt at this great loss. 

Scaleby War Memorial was erected in 1920 outside the village hall to commemorate two local servicemen who fell in the First World war, and 28 who served. It was made by monumental masons Messrs Beattie and Co of Carlisle, who were responsible for many war memorials in the north of England and in Scotland, some of which are Grade II listed. It was unveiled on 12 July 1920 by Sir Robert Allison, Chairman of the War Memorial Committee. There was a children's tea party the following afternoon.

Reasons for Listing

Scaleby War Memorial, erected in 1920, 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:

* a good example of a monumental masons' war memorial in the form of a decorative Celtic cross, executed in granite.

Group value:

* with a small group of Grade II-listed buildings including the Church of All Saints.

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