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War Memorial, Selsley, Stroud

Description: War Memorial, Selsley

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 April 2013
Building ID: 1414276

OS Grid Reference: SO8295403702
OS Grid Coordinates: 382954, 203702
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7318, -2.2482

Locality: Stroud
Local Authority: Stroud District Council
County: Gloucestershire
Postcode: GL5 5LG

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Listing Text


A war memorial, circa 1919-20, by Thomas Falconer FRIBA.

Reason for Listing

The war memorial at Selsley is designated 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, by a good local architect;
* Group value: with the listed buildings forming its setting, with which it forms a group: the Church of All Saints (Grade I), its lych gate (Grade II*), and Peaked Elm Farm (Grade II).


The memorial was erected circa 1919-20, to commemorate the men of the village who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed by local architect, Thomas Falconer, FRIBA (1879-1934), an Arts and Crafts architect who was responsible for a number of buildings in the area, including some at Amberley for the Marling family, whose house, Stanley Park, and church, All Saints, stand opposite the site of the memorial, which is set on a small parcel of land on the edge of Selsley Common. The names of those men of the village who were killed during the Second World War were added after the end of that conflict.

The memorial underwent conservative repairs in 2003 with the aid of a grant of £250 from the Friends of War Memorials, now the War Memorials Trust.


A war memorial, circa 1919-20, by Thomas Falconer FRIBA.

MATERIALS: local oolitic limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is in the form of a wheel cross, circa 5m high, its head surmounted by a small gabled canopy. The wheel surrounds the head of a robust cross, whose rectangular shaft tapers and terminates in a chamfered base. Each sloping side of the base has a bronze plaque affixed to it. The plaque facing north reads TO THE HONOURED / MEMORY OF THE MEN / DEAR TO SELSLEY / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919 / THERE BE OF THEM / THAT HAVE LEFT A / NAME BEHIND THEM. The plaques on the east and west faces list the ranks, names, decorations and regiments/services of the Fallen: 21 in total. The remaining plaque, to the south face gives the dates of the Second World War and lists the names, ranks and regiments/services of the five men commemorated, and below the list: R.I.P. The base is set on a platform of three steps, surrounded by paving. The area is bounded by cast-iron railings describing a rectangular enclosure, with a gate to the south side.

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