A War Memorial, by Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926), dating from circa 1920, commemorating the Fallen of both the First and Second World Wars.
Reason for Listing
The war memorial at Poulton is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community;
* Architectural interest: for the quality of the design and craftsmanship of this sombre and dignified memorial and its inscriptions, and its association with Sidney Barnsley, a recognised architect and designer;
* Group value: with the listed buildings on London Road opposite which it stands.
The memorial was designed by Sidney Barnsley (1865-1926), the renowned Cotswold Arts and Crafts architect and designer. It was erected circa 1920 to commemorate the 14 men of the village who fell in the First World War. After the Second World War, the names of three members of the Mitchell family of Poulton Priory â€“ Vera Mitchell of the Women's Volunteer Service, her daughter Janet Lockett Mitchell of the British Red Cross Association, and her son Lieutenant Michael BA Mitchell, 3rd Batt. Coldstream Guards - were added, after they were all killed in a V-1 flying bomb attack on the Guards' Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London on 18 June 1944.
MATERIALS: local limestone.
PLAN: the platform on which the memorial stands is square on plan, circa 2m across.
DESCRIPTION: the memorial is in the form of a small wheel cross carved in deep relief on a strongly-moulded, tapering, chamfered column, which has broach stops at the junction with the square base. The base is set upon a three-stepped platform. The base is inscribed THIS CROSS / WAS ERECTED BY / THE PEOPLE OF POULTON / IN MEMORY OF / THOSE WHO FELL / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 â€“ 1919. This is flanked by the names of the fourteen Fallen, which are carved into the returns. A plaque inscribed 1939-45 and with the names of those who died in the Second World War has been let into the riser of the top step of the platform.
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