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Description: Mark War Memorial
Date Listed: 17 April 2015
Building ID: 1425813
OS Grid Reference: ST3805447861
OS Grid Coordinates: 338054, 147861
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2266, -2.8885
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The war memorial at Mark 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; * Design: for its elegant design, based on Reginald Blomfield's 'Cross of Sacrifice' design for the Imperial War Graves Commission, with the addition of restrained and well-executed Gothic detailing and lettering; * Group value: with the Grade I-listed Church of the Holy Cross, the former market cross standing within the churchyard, listed at Grade II*, a C17 chest tomb, and the entranceway on the north side of the churchyard, as well as other nearby listed buildings.
War memorial, circa 1920. MATERIAL: Ham stone, with complex carving. Bronze memorial plaques. DESCRIPTION: based on Reginald Blomfield's 'Cross of Sacrifice' design for the Imperial War Graves Commission, the memorial takes the form of a Latin cross with octagonal shaft and cross arm, with moulded octagonal terminals, the tapering shaft standing on an octagonal plinth in two stages, which in turn stands on two octagonal steps. A sword is carved in relief against the cross; in Blomfield's design, a bronze longsword is affixed to the cross. Blomfield intended his design to be a fitting reminder of the 'grim terrors of the trenches' and free from 'any sentimentalism of the Gothic'; the memorial at Mark, however, makes use of Gothic ornament in a restrained and considered way, with fleur-de-lys to the angles of the cross, and engaged crocketed finials to the lower portion of the shaft, with a band of trefoils above. The western faces of the upper part of the plinth bear the carved inscription ‘Faithful Unto Death’. The lower part of the plinth carries two bronze plaques, the one to the west with the names of those who fell in the First World War, and the one to the east with the names of those lost in the Second World War.
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