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Madeley War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Madeley, Staffordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0071 / 53°0'25"N

Longitude: -2.3233 / 2°19'23"W

OS Eastings: 378406

OS Northings: 345580

OS Grid: SJ784455

Mapcode National: GBR 02T.FGR

Mapcode Global: WH9BM.8PY1

Entry Name: Madeley War Memorial

Listing Date: 2 October 2013

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1416500

Location: Madeley, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, CW3

County: Staffordshire

District: Newcastle-under-Lyme

Civil Parish: Madeley

Built-Up Area: Madeley

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: MadeleyAll Saints

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield

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Summary

First World War Memorial, dedicated in 1921, with Second World War additions.

Description

MATERIALS: the whole structure is of sandstone construction.

PLAN: it is square on plan.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial, which faces east, takes the form of a life-size statue of a soldier in First World War uniform standing 'at ease' with a rifle at his right-hand side and supported on a rock at the rear. It stands upon the moulded cap stone of a tall, tapered pedestal which in turn stands upon a square plinth. Below this is a single-stepped base. The pedestal has a foliated frieze and raised inscription panels on all fours sides. The inscription of the east face (front) reads: 'IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO FELL / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914-1918 / [Names] / THEIR NAME LIVETH EVERMORE'. The panel on the north face is inscribed: 'IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF / THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO FELL / IN THE GREAT WAR / 1939-1945 / [Names].' The panels on the west and south faces are blank.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: the memorial stands within an octagonal-shaped enclosure formed of sandstone curbing surmounted by late-C20 steel railings.

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, 19 January 2017.

History

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. One such memorial was erected in 1921 at Madeley, at the junction of Keele Road and Newcastle Road, to commemorate the 44 men of the parish who died during this conflict. Following the Second World War a second dedicatory inscription was added to commemorate the 17 men of the parish who died during the course of this conflict.

Reasons for Listing

Madeley Heath war memorial, dedicated in 1921, with Second World War additions, is listed in 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;

* Architectural interest: as a well-executed memorial with an expressive and finely-detailed sculpture of a First World War soldier.

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