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Longwick War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Longwick-cum-Ilmer, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7364 / 51°44'10"N

Longitude: -0.8576 / 0°51'27"W

OS Eastings: 478982

OS Northings: 204801

OS Grid: SP789048

Mapcode National: GBR C2J.00J

Mapcode Global: VHDVJ.2MZ8

Entry Name: Longwick War Memorial

Listing Date: 22 April 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1419466

Location: Longwick-cum-Ilmer, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP27

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Wycombe

Civil Parish: Longwick-cum-Ilmer

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Princes Risborough with Ilmer

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Summary

Monument to the fallen of the First and Second World War unveiled and dedicated by the Bishop of Buckingham on 10th October 1920.

Description


War memorial, erected 1920.

A granite Celtic cross with slightly tapering shaft. This sits on a rough stone plinth with a rough stone two-stepped base. There is decorative knotwork and a central boss on the cross face. The memorial is surrounded by a paved area and an iron fence and gate with spearhead finials.

A polished area on the front of the plinth has a black-painted lead lettering inscription which reads:

THIS STONE WAS ERECTED/ BY THE INHABITANTS & FRIENDS OF LONG WICK/ IN HONOUR & EVERLASTING MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF THIS VILLAGE/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE WORLDS GREAT WAR./ 1914-1919.

Beneath this are the fourteen names of the fallen from 1914-1919, in two columns of seven, and at the base of the plaque an inscription which reads:

"GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS/ THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS".

Beneath, and at an angle on the step of the plinth is a stone tablet which bears the names of the seven men who lost their lives in the 1939-1945 conflict, and beneath the names is an inscription which reads:

"THEY SHALL BE REMEMBERED".

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, 11 January 2017.

History

It is not known who crafted the memorial, but it was unveiled and dedicated by the Bishop of Buckingham on 10th October 1920. This unveiling was particularly poignant because three of the bishop's four sons had died in the war and there is a memorial window to them in All Saints Church, High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire).

The names of those who fell in the Great War are inscribed on the plinth, but below this is an additional stone plaque, set at an angle on the lowest step, with the inscribed names of those who fell in the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial at Longwick, erected in 1920, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as a permanent testament to the sacrifice made by this small community in the First and Second World Wars, it is of strong historic and cultural significance both at local and national level;
* Architectural interest: for the quality of the design and craftsmanship of this sombre and dignified memorial.

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