Amberley War Memorial is of c1920 date and comprises a limestone tapering column with a carved wheel cross, set in a stone plinth and stepped platform.
Reason for Listing
Amberley War Memorial, Gloucestershire is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic: it has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context;
* Communal: it forms a poignant reminder of the effects of tragic world events on this local community;
* Architectural: although a simple monument, it is an elegant and dignified memorial that contributes to its setting in an historic village with the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This war memorial was commissioned by Amberley War Memorial Committee, founded in 1919, and is shown on the Ordnance Survey Map of 1922. The War Memorial Committee later became the Amberley branch of the Royal British Legion which, in 1949, added to the memorial the names of the nine men killed in World War II.
A war memorial of c.1920 date. It is constructed of local limestone with a copper bolted band around the power part of the column. It comprises a carved wheel cross atop a tall, octagonal, tapering column, approximately 4.5 metres in height. Below the cross is a carved collar with a geometric pattern. The base of the column is square and set on a larger square plinth with moulded corners. The north face of the plinth is inscribed: OUR GLORIOUS DEAD 1914-1918. The other three faces of the base are inscribed with the names, ranks, and regiments/services of the 21 commemorated dead of World War I. The plinth sits on a three-stepped platform. On the north face of the upper most step is inscribed 1939-1945. The remaining three faces of this step are inscribed with the names, ranks, decorations and regiments/services of the 9 commemorated fallen of World War II.
Source: English Heritage
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