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Sedbergh War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Sedbergh, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.3228 / 54°19'21"N

Longitude: -2.5281 / 2°31'41"W

OS Eastings: 365750

OS Northings: 492039

OS Grid: SD657920

Mapcode National: GBR BLSG.G5

Mapcode Global: WH944.4LFY

Entry Name: Sedbergh War Memorial

Listing Date: 27 October 2011

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1400659

Location: Sedbergh, South Lakeland, Cumbria, LA10

County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

Civil Parish: Sedbergh

Built-Up Area: Sedbergh

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Sedbergh, Cautley and Garsdale

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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Summary

An elegant First World War memorial with Second World War additions, designed by Sir John, Hubert Worthington, an old Sedberghian and Principal Architect of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is situated in a paved area within the south east corner of St Andrew's Churchyard and can be accessed from the street, via a gated entrance through the churchyard wall.

Description

MATERIALS: sandstone with limestone tablets attached to the base.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a simple cross on a slender 2m high tapered shaft with stop-chamfered corners. The bottom of the cross shaft's east face is inscribed with the words LAUS / DEO. The cross is set on a square base which in turn is set upon a larger square plinth.The inscription on the east face of the base reads:

REMEMBER THE MEN / of SEDBERGH TOWN who / COUNTING NOT their LIVES / DEAR unto THEMSELVES DIED / for FREEDOM and COUNTRY / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919.

The other tablets affixed to the base are inscribed with the 40 names of The Fallen of Sedbergh and the north and south faces of the plinth are inscribed with the names of 19 men who fell in the Second World War.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Online. This source was not used in the compilation of this List entry but is added here as a guide for further reading, 3 February 2017.

History

Sedbergh War Memorial was designed by Sir John Hubert Worthington (1886-1963), an Old Sedberghian and the Principal Architect of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, at a cost of £304 5s 9p (£304.29p). The unveiling ceremony took place on 12 December 1920 and was performed by Brigadier General North, CB, MVO. In the late 1940s polished stone tablets were fixed to the base of the cross shaft and were inscribed with the names of the fallen from the Great War. Those names were originally inscribed on the sandstone base and were revealed when the tablets were removed for renovation in 2009. The names of the fallen from the Second World War were inscribed on the north and south faces of the stone plinth, also in the late 1940s.

Reasons for Listing

* Historic Interest: It is an eloquent witness to the impact of tragic world events on this community;
* Artistic: It is an elegant memorial of understated character;
* Designer: it was designed by Sir John Hubert Worthington, an Old Sedberghian and Principal Architect of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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