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Iden War Memorial, Iden

Description: Iden War Memorial

Grade: II
Date Listed: 12 June 2014
Building ID: 1419974

OS Grid Reference: TQ9180923863
OS Grid Coordinates: 591809, 123863
Latitude/Longitude: 50.9822, 0.7312

Locality: Iden
County: East Sussex
Postcode: TN31 7PX

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Listing Text


War memorial, unveiled in 1922.

Reason for Listing

The Iden War Memorial, 1922, is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it is a poignant reminder of the effect of a tragic international conflict on this small village;
* Architectural interest: though of a standard design it is well-executed in good quality materials and has not been altered since names were added after the Second World War;
* Context: it stands in the centre of the village and has a strong contextual relationship with many listed structures.


Plans to erect a war memorial for the fallen men of Iden in the First World War were made at the Parish Council meetings in late 1921. The land on which the monument stands was donated by a local resident, and the funds for the erection were raised through donations and events. The memorial was unveiled in 1922.

In 1931 a beech hedge was planted around three sides of the memorial to keep cattle out, and low posts and chains put in front.

Following the Second World War the names of the local people that died were added to the memorial, including that of a local civilian woman that died in the Blitz.


War memorial, unveiled in 1922.

MATERIALS: a granite cross, shaft and plinth, with metal lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the base of the memorial is octagonal and has three steps beneath the plinth, also octagonal, and with the inscriptions ‘THESE MEN OF IDEN GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918’ and ‘1939 – 1945’ and the names of the dead on the sides. A rectangular shaft rises to support a wheel cross.

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