A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921.
Reason for Listing
The war memorial cross at the Church of St Mary in Bitton 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. * Group value: with the church of St Mary (Grade I), several tombs (listed Grade II), and a number of surrounding listed buildings which provide its setting.
The war memorial was erected after about 1921, in a prominent location, in the churchyard of the parish church of St Mary.The memorial was set up to honour the Fallen of the First World War; after the Second World War it was altered to include the men of the parish who had lost their lives in that conflict.
A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921. MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed from hammered stone, on a stone-built platform. PLAN: the war memorial cross is set upon a square platform.DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a wheel cross with a tapering shaft, in hammered stone, set on a moulded base upon a stone-built platform. The front face of the base carries the inscription TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN / HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN / FROM THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 below which are the names of the Fallen. The opposing face of the base is inscribed in matching lettering TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN / HONOURED MEMORY OF THE MEN / FROM THIS PARISH / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR / KING AND COUNTRY / IN THE SECOND GREAT WAR / 1939-1945, followed by the names of the men who died in that war.
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