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Postal Workers' War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Clerkenwell, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5246 / 51°31'28"N

Longitude: -0.1111 / 0°6'39"W

OS Eastings: 531140

OS Northings: 182321

OS Grid: TQ311823

Mapcode National: GBR M7.6N

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.1Y44

Entry Name: Postal Workers' War Memorial

Listing Date: 4 August 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1420357

Location: Islington, London, EC1R

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: Clerkenwell

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James Clerkenwell

Church of England Diocese: London

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Summary

War memorial erected 1920 and moved to its present site in 2013.

Description

War memorial to postal workers, 1920.

MATERIALS: Portland stone.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial is in the form of an aedicule with Ionic columns and a broken semi-circular pediment. It frames a stone tablet inscribed with the names of 130 men. Within the tympanum is a gilt wreath and sword, inscribed within: ‘PRO PATRIA / ET LIBERTATE; a plaque beneath is inscribed: TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF / OUR HEROIC COMRADES WHO FELL / IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1919. The base is inscribed: ‘SUBSCRIBED FOR AND ERECTED BY THEIR COLLEAGUES / OF THE WESTERN POSTAL DISTRICT / AS A LASTING TRIBUTE TO THEIR SELF-SACRIFICE’. The plinth has a metal plaque commemorating those lost in the Second World War, inscribed ‘1939-1945’ with the names of 56 men.

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, 16 February 2017.

History

The memorial, commemorating London’s Western District postal workers who fell in the First World War, was erected in 1920 at the Wimpole Street Post Office. Funds were raised from the staff of the district, and the memorial was unveiled on New Year’s Day, 1920.

When the post office closed in 1981 the memorial was moved to the delivery offices at Rathbone Place, and then, on its closure in 2013 to the sorting offices and postal museum at Mount Pleasant.

Reasons for Listing

The Mount Pleasant war memorial, 1920, is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:

* Historic interest: the First and Second World Wars often had an extreme impact on particular communities; this memorial illustrates that impact on the Western Postal District ;
* Architectural interest: as a well-crafted memorial using good-quality materials of an elegant Classical design.

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