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War memorial, Selsley

A Grade II Listed Building in King's Stanley, Gloucestershire

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Latitude: 51.7318 / 51°43'54"N

Longitude: -2.2482 / 2°14'53"W

OS Eastings: 382954

OS Northings: 203702

OS Grid: SO829037

Mapcode National: GBR 1MQ.8G6

Mapcode Global: VH94X.ZQBS

Entry Name: War memorial, Selsley

Listing Date: 26 April 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1414276

Location: King's Stanley, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5

County: Gloucestershire

District: Stroud

Civil Parish: King's Stanley

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Selsley All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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A war memorial, circa 1919-20, by Thomas Falconer FRIBA.


A war memorial, circa 1919-20, by Thomas Falconer FRIBA.

MATERIALS: local oolitic limestone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is in the form of a wheel cross, circa 5m high, its head surmounted by a small gabled canopy. The wheel surrounds the head of a robust cross, whose rectangular shaft tapers and terminates in a chamfered base. Each sloping side of the base has a bronze plaque affixed to it. The plaque facing north reads TO THE HONOURED / MEMORY OF THE MEN / DEAR TO SELSLEY / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919 / THERE BE OF THEM / THAT HAVE LEFT A / NAME BEHIND THEM. The plaques on the east and west faces list the ranks, names, decorations and regiments/services of the Fallen: 21 in total. The remaining plaque, to the south face gives the dates of the Second World War and lists the names, ranks and regiments/services of the five men commemorated, and below the list: R.I.P. The base is set on a platform of three steps, surrounded by paving. The area is bounded by cast-iron railings describing a rectangular enclosure, with a gate to the south side.

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.


The memorial was erected circa 1919-20, to commemorate the men of the village who lost their lives in the First World War. It was designed by local architect, Thomas Falconer, FRIBA (1879-1934), an Arts and Crafts architect who was responsible for a number of buildings in the area, including some at Amberley for the Marling family, whose house, Stanley Park, and church, All Saints, stand opposite the site of the memorial, which is set on a small parcel of land on the edge of Selsley Common. The names of those men of the village who were killed during the Second World War were added after the end of that conflict.

The memorial underwent conservative repairs in 2003 with the aid of a grant of £250 from the Friends of War Memorials, now the War Memorials Trust.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial at Selsley 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, by a good local architect;
* Group value: with the listed buildings forming its setting, with which it forms a group: the Church of All Saints (Grade I), its lych gate (Grade II*), and Peaked Elm Farm (Grade II).

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