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Wickwar War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Wickwar, South Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5983 / 51°35'53"N

Longitude: -2.4004 / 2°24'1"W

OS Eastings: 372361

OS Northings: 188900

OS Grid: ST723889

Mapcode National: GBR JZ.BJX6

Mapcode Global: VH95M.B3V3

Entry Name: Wickwar War Memorial

Listing Date: 19 February 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1413066

Location: Wickwar, South Gloucestershire, GL12

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Wickwar

Built-Up Area: Wickwar

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Wickwar Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Summary

Wickwar War Memorial, designed by Norman Jewson, is of c1924 date and comprises a limestone tapering column with a carved wheel cross, set in a stone base and platform.

Description

This war memorial of 1924 was designed by Norman Jewson and is built of local limestone. It takes the form of a wheel cross with a column, base and platform. The wheel element of the cross takes an octagonal form and the tapering hexagonal column terminates at the hexagonal base. The base has a moulded edge to the top. An inscription is carved around the upper part of the six fields of the base and reads thus; IN·MEMORY·OF/THE·MEN·OF/WICKWAR/WHO·FELL·IN/THE·GREAT/WAR·1914·1918. The field below the last section of text is inscribed; AND·IN·THE/WORLD·WAR/1939-1945. The remaining fields are blank. A moulded plinth is below the base. A hexagonal platform of two steps surrounded by a paved apron completes the structure. The memorial is situated in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Trinity (listed at Grade II*).

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, 5 October 2017.

History

This war memorial is by Norman Jewson (1884-1975), architect and craftsman of the Cotswold group of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The memorial was completed in 1924, and altered post-1945 to include inscriptions commemorating the Second World War. The two tablets commemorating the fallen from the two World Wars which are located in the porch of the church are also by Jewson. The first tablet is of 1920, and the second is of an unknown post-1945 date.

Reasons for Listing

Wickwar War Memorial, Gloucestershire is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic: it has strong cultural and historical significance within both a local and national context;
* Architectural: it is an elegant and dignified memorial, designed by Norman Jewson, that contributes to its setting in an historic village;
* Communal: it forms a poignant reminder of the effects of tragic world events on this local community.

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