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Aldsworth War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Aldsworth, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7888 / 51°47'19"N

Longitude: -1.774 / 1°46'26"W

OS Eastings: 415682

OS Northings: 210041

OS Grid: SP156100

Mapcode National: GBR 4RK.VNT

Mapcode Global: VHB2G.69HJ

Entry Name: Aldsworth War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 October 2012

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1411544

Location: Aldsworth, Cotswold, Gloucestershire, GL54

County: Gloucestershire

District: Cotswold

Civil Parish: Aldsworth

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Aldsworth St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Summary

A war memorial, dating from circa 1920, architect unknown.

Description

MATERIALS: local limestone.

PLAN: the memorial is set on an almost-square platform circa 1.8m across.

DESCRIPTION: the structure takes the form of an obelisk, circa 3.4m high, set in a chamfered, square socket upon a tall, tapering base of square section, with pediments and moulded cornice to each face. Below the pediments are depressed fields with moulded edges, two of which remain blank. The other two carry carved inscriptions. The south face is inscribed : IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE FOLLOWING MEN FROM THIS VILLAGE / WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 –1918. Below this are the names of the Fallen, 13 in total. The north side of the base carried the carved inscription: ALSO TO / [the names of the three men commemorated are then listed] / WHO FELL / IN THE WORLD WAR / 1939-1945. The carved lettering on all faces is picked out in black paint. The base sits upon a platform of two slightly sloping steps.

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, 10 January 2017.

History

The war memorial at Aldsworth was erected in circa 1920, appearing on the Ordnance Survey map published in 1921. It commemorated the 13 men of the village who had lost their lives in the course of World War One. It was set up in a prominent position on the raised ground of the village green, at the junction of three roads. The triangle of ground on which it is set appears to have been landscaped slightly to provide a suitable setting for the memorial. Following World War Two, the names of the three men who had died in that conflict were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial at Aldsworth is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on this community;
* Architectural interest: for the quality of the design and craftsmanship of this sombre and dignified memorial;
* Group value: with the listed buildings to north and south of the memorial.

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