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Iden War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Iden, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.9822 / 50°58'55"N

Longitude: 0.7312 / 0°43'52"E

OS Eastings: 591809

OS Northings: 123863

OS Grid: TQ918238

Mapcode National: GBR QX9.CPP

Mapcode Global: FRA D6FJ.0QJ

Entry Name: Iden War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 June 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1419974

Location: Iden, Rother, East Sussex, TN31

County: East Sussex

District: Rother

Civil Parish: Iden

Built-Up Area: Iden

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Iden All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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War memorial, unveiled in 1922.


War memorial, unveiled in 1922.

MATERIALS: a granite cross, shaft and plinth, with metal lettering.

DESCRIPTION: the base of the memorial is octagonal and has three steps beneath the plinth, also octagonal, and with the inscriptions ‘THESE MEN OF IDEN GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1918’ and ‘1939 – 1945’ and the names of the dead on the sides. A rectangular shaft rises to support a wheel cross.

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, 1 December 2016.


Plans to erect a war memorial for the fallen men of Iden in the First World War were made at the Parish Council meetings in late 1921. The land on which the monument stands was donated by a local resident, and the funds for the erection were raised through donations and events. The memorial was unveiled in 1922.

In 1931 a beech hedge was planted around three sides of the memorial to keep cattle out, and low posts and chains put in front.

Following the Second World War the names of the local people that died were added to the memorial, including that of a local civilian woman that died in the Blitz.

Reasons for Listing

The Iden War Memorial, 1922, is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: it is a poignant reminder of the effect of a tragic international conflict on this small village;
* Architectural interest: though of a standard design it is well-executed in good quality materials and has not been altered since names were added after the Second World War;
* Context: it stands in the centre of the village and has a strong contextual relationship with many listed structures.

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