A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921.
Reason for Listing
The war memorial in Page Park, Staple Hill, 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: the memorial is a grave and imposing monument, with good bronze embellishments which suit its sombre purpose.
The war memorial was erected after about 1921, in a prominent location in Page Park. The memorial was set up to honour the men of the parishes of Downend and Soundwell who died during the First World War; after the Second World War it was altered to include the Fallen of the Urban District of Mangotsfield from that conflict.
A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921. MATERIALS: the memorial is constructed from granite. PLAN: the war memorial stands upon a square platform.DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of an obelisk with a tapering shaft, in hammered stone, set on a high, square-section plinth with a moulded base and cornice. At the base of each face of the obelisk is a bronze relief of a laurel wreath with two draped flags. The faces of the plinth and its base each carry a bronze plaque with an inscription and the names of the Fallen from the First and Second World Wars. The inscriptions read: IN / GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF / THE MEN OF / DOWNEND / AND / SOUNDWELL / WHO / GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / "THEIR NAME LIVETH / FOR EVERMORE" / IN GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE URBAN DISTRICT / OF MANGOTSFIELD WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / DURING THE 1939-45 WAR AND OTHER / CAMPAIGNS / "WE WILL REMEMBER THEM". At each upper corner of the plinth is an applied bronze putto and swag. The memorial stands on a three-stepped platform of roughly-dressed granite.
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