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Hazelbury Bryan War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.8796 / 50°52'46"N

Longitude: -2.3616 / 2°21'41"W

OS Eastings: 374658

OS Northings: 108958

OS Grid: ST746089

Mapcode National: GBR 0XH.XCM

Mapcode Global: FRA 56YS.1T0

Plus Code: 9C2VVJHQ+R9

Entry Name: Hazelbury Bryan War Memorial

Listing Date: 5 November 2020

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1471770

ID on this website: 101471770

Location: Pidney, Dorset, DT10

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Hazelbury Bryan

Built-Up Area: Hazelbury Bryan

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

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First World War memorial, unveiled in 1921, with later addition for the Second World War.


First World War memorial, unveiled in 1921, with later addition for the Second World War.

The memorial is prominently sited at a road junction and is carved from Portland stone. It consists of a small Latin cross on a tapering octagonal shaft which is set upon a square plinth and a three-stepped octagonal base. The main inscription is on the front (north) panel of the plinth and reads:


The opposite panel is inscribed: THE CARE OF THEM/ IS WITH THE MOST HIGH/ 1939-1945/ (NAMES)/ AND SUBSEQUENTLY/ (NAME).

The two other sides of the plinth are inscribed with the names of the fallen from the First World War.

It is enclosed by painted metal railings and a metal gate.


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, both as a result of the huge impact the loss of three quarters of a million British lives had on communities and 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.

One such memorial was raised in the hamlet of Pidney, Hazelbury Bryan as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by the nine members of the local community who lost their lives in the First World War. It was erected at a cost of about £140, funded by local subscription, and was designed by P Coleman of Hazelbury Bryan. It was dedicated in October 1921 and unveiled by the young daughters of one of the fallen. A memorial plaque was also placed in the parish church.

The names of the three local men who died during the Second World War were subsequently added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Hazelbury Bryan War Memorial 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:
* for its well-executed design in the form of a Latin cross which is fitting for a memorial structure.

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