First World War memorial located on a corner site between Kitchen Hill Road and Millbrook Way. Date of commemoration unknown.
Reason for Listing
The war memorial at Orleton is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context as an eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this community;
* Architectural interest: an accomplished and well-realised war memorial which takes the simple form of the Celtic cross;
* Intactness: the memorial is situated in its original, prominent location and survives intact with its associated boundary wall and railings.
The great age of memorial building was in the aftermath of the First World War. It is not known when the war memorial at Orleton was erected and commemorated but it was likely to be during the 1920s.
The war memorial received a grant from War Memorials Trust in 2009 for conservation and repair works, and the addition of a previously omitted name.
MATERIALS: constructed of stone.
DESCRIPTION: the war memorial consists of a Celtic style Latin wheel cross. The cross is surmounted on a two-stepped base into which the memorial inscription panels are set, the lettering incised and painted. The inscription to the east face of the upper panel reads:
1914-1918 / IN MEMORY OF / ORLETON MEN
and below are listed the names of the fifteen men who died in the First World War. To the south face of the upper panel the inscription reads:
1939 – 1945 / IN MEMORY OF
and lists the name of one man who died in the Second World War.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the memorial is enclosed by a rubble stone wall surmounted by wrought-iron railings with spear heads to the front and modern railings to the rear. The memorial is accessed via a wrought-iron gate between two stone gate piers with ashlar upper sections and pyramidal caps, and approached by steps.
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