War memorial, dated 1921; further inscriptions were added after the Second World War.
Reason for Listing
The war memorial in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Limington is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20; * Architectural interest: a crisply-carved composition that is well suited to its prominent location in the churchyard; * Group value: with the Church of St Mary (Grade I) and a number of designated chest tombs (Grade II).
The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever, with tens of thousands of memorials erected across the country. One such memorial was erected in the churchyard of St Mary's Church in Limington to commemorate the nine men of the village who died during the conflict. It was unveiled on 3 April 1921 by General E J Phipps-Hornby, VC, CB, CMG who had been awarded the Victoria Cross in 1900 during the South African War. A further six names were added to the memorial after the Second World War.
War memorial, dated 1921; further inscriptions were added after the Second World War. MATERIALS: constructed of Ham stone
DESCRIPTION: the memorial has a square, two-step base; its upper step is inscribed: 1939-1945/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS. JOHN. XV.13. / (NAMES); a further two names are inscribed on the lower step. Upon the base is a roughly-hewn plinth with the inscription: WHO FELL/ IN THE GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1919/ (NAMES) to its front (west) face. Rising from the plinth is a tapering shaft with a plain Celtic cross. The west face of the shaft is ornamented with the sword of sacrifice; beneath is a laurel wreath, the centre of which is inscribed: TO/ OUR/ GLORIOUS/ DEAD.
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