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War Memorial Lychgate, St Michael's Churchyard

A Grade II Listed Building in Skelton, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.7106 / 54°42'38"N

Longitude: -2.872 / 2°52'19"W

OS Eastings: 343918

OS Northings: 535414

OS Grid: NY439354

Mapcode National: GBR 8FDZ.05

Mapcode Global: WH80W.VVLN

Entry Name: War Memorial Lychgate, St Michael's Churchyard

Listing Date: 15 February 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1412139

Location: Skelton, Eden, Cumbria, CA11

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

Civil Parish: Skelton

Built-Up Area: Skelton (Eden)

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Skelton St Michael

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

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War memorial lychgate, 1920, designed by architect J H Martindale and constructed by A Grisenthwaite.


War memorial lychgate, 1920, designed by architect J H Martindale and constructed by A Grisenthwaite.

MATERIALS: red sandstone and wood; roof of red sandstone slates.

DESCRIPTION: this First World War memorial lychgate with Second World War additions is situated at the end of the footpath leading to the Church of St Michael, Skelton. Two U-shaped sandstone gateposts, each containing a timber seat supported on sandstone corbels, support the pitched roof superstructure. The names of the nine Fallen are carved onto the inside of the north gatepost above the seat. The gates are of light oak with elaborate metal strap hinges and fastenings. Above is the timber superstructure in dark oak which supports the pitched roof. The superstructure displays decorative carvings and dedications, that seen on approaching the lychgate reads, "AND THE 1939 -1945 WAR / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918"/. That seen on leaving the lychgate reads, "SONS OF THIS PLACE, LET THIS OF YOU BE SAID / THAT YOU WHO LIVE ARE WORTHY OF YOUR DEAD / THEY GAVE THEIR LIVES THAT YOU WHO LIVE MAY REAP / A RICHER HARVEST, ERE YOU FALL ALSEEP".

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, 2 February 2017.


This First World War memorial lychgate was unveiled on the 19th September 1920, by members of the local clergy and accompanying dignitaries.

Reasons for Listing

This First World war memorial lychgate unveiled in 1920, with Second World War additions, is designated at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it is a poignant reminder of the impact of tragic world events upon an individual community and, thus has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context;
* Design: designed by a known local architect J. H Martindale of Carlisle, this is a well-executed and attractive memorial.

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