First World War memorial, erected 1920.
Reason for Listing
Warkton War Memorial, which stands east of the chancel of St Edmund’s church, is listed at Grade II for the following reasons: * Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20; * Design: an elegant limestone cross; * Group value: it stands alongside the Grade I-listed church of St Edmund.
Warkton’s war memorial cross was made by Messrs Morris & Sons of Kettering. It was unveiled by Flight Lieutenant Harold Whistler, DSO, DFC, a Royal Flying Corps ace who had attended Oundle School (Northamptonshire), on the afternoon of Passion Sunday (28 March) 1920. A crowd of 3-400 attended.
The Warkton memorial, a c3.5m high Clipsham stone cross, stands east of the chancel of St Edmund’s church (listed Grade I), due east of the altar. The memorial comprises a bottonée cross at the head of an octagonal shaft, rising from a square plinth. That stands on a two-stage octagonal base, around which is a stone-edged gravel path.The inscriptions on the plinth, in raised lettering, read:(south face) TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE MEN FROM THIS/ PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR/ LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR,/ 1914-1919.(west face) ERECTED BY/ RELATIVES, PARISHIONERS,/ AND FRIENDS/ AS A TOKEN OF/ HONOUR AND RESPECT.(north face) GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT HE LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.(east face) (5 NAMES) THEIR NAMES LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
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