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War memorial, St Mary's churchyard

A Grade II Listed Building in St Mary's, Bury

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Latitude: 53.5296 / 53°31'46"N

Longitude: -2.2862 / 2°17'10"W

OS Eastings: 381123

OS Northings: 403693

OS Grid: SD811036

Mapcode National: GBR DWGM.TG

Mapcode Global: WH983.VKH0

Entry Name: War memorial, St Mary's churchyard

Listing Date: 8 November 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1411837

Location: Bury, M25

County: Bury

Electoral Ward/Division: St Mary's

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Prestwich St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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First World War memorial, 1921, by Isaac Taylor of Taylor & Young, with Second World War dates added later. Portland stone cross with a bronze sword.


First World War memorial, 1921, by Isaac Taylor of Taylor & Young, with Second World War dates added later. Portland stone cross with a bronze sword

The war memorial is located immediately to the south-west of the churchyard's Grade II listed entrance and to the north-east of the Grade I listed St Mary's Church. Its design is based upon Sir Reginald Blomfield's Cross of Sacrifice and consists of a stepped octagonal plinth surmounted by a tapering Portland-stone cross with a stepped base and a bronze sword affixed to the front (east) face. The war memorial's inscriptions are heavily weathered, but a carved band running around the top of the base with carved stylised lettering originally read 'In loving and thankful memory of the men of this Parish who died in the Great War'. An additional inscription on the east face in smaller lettering, which is now illegible, originally read 'The Souls of the Righteous are in the hands of God'. The base's west face displays the carved dates '1914-1919' and '1939-45' in stylised numerals.

This List entry has been amended to add sources for War Memorials Online and the War Memorials Register. These sources were not used in the compilation of this List entry but are added here as a guide for further reading, 10 August 2017.


The war memorial in St Mary's churchyard was erected in 1921 to the designs of the Manchester architect, Isaac Taylor of Taylor & Young. The memorial was constructed by Messrs Nuttall of Whitefield and the bronze sword was produced by Messrs Bainbridge Reynolds Ltd. It was unveiled on 10 April 1921 by Major Morgan, and dedicated by the Archdeacon of Manchester.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in St Mary's Churchyard, erected in 1921 to the design of Isaac Taylor of Taylor & Young and based on the Sir Reginald Blomfield's Cross of Sacrifice, is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: it has strong cultural and historic significance within both a local and national context;

* Commemorative: it forms a poignant reminder of the effects of tragic world events on this local community;

* Group value: it has strong group value with the adjacent Grade I listed St Mary's Church in whose churchyard it sits, other listed structures within the churchyard as well as the neighbouring Grade II listed rectory, which was also designed by Taylor & Young.

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