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War memorial at Christ Church Baptist Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.3469 / 52°20'48"N

Longitude: -1.7861 / 1°47'10"W

OS Eastings: 414666

OS Northings: 272115

OS Grid: SP146721

Mapcode National: GBR 4JR.Z2Y

Mapcode Global: VH9ZR.083P

Entry Name: War memorial at Christ Church Baptist Church

Listing Date: 9 July 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1420542

Location: Tanworth-in-Arden, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, B94

County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

Civil Parish: Tanworth-in-Arden

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Nuthurst cum Hockley Heath

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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A First World War memorial, dating from circa 1919.


A First World War memorial, dating from circa 1919.

MATERIALS: polished pink granite memorial with cream granite inlay, on a stone base.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a short column with a moulded foot. The cap is moulded, with inlaid decoration including wreathed leaves, atop which stands a sculpted flared Egyptian jar with knopped lid, with contrasting inlaid geometric decoration. The column is inscribed: THE GREAT WAR / 1914 – 1919 / IN GRATITUDE / TO / THOSE CONNECTED / WITH THIS CHURCH / WHO MADE THE / SUPREME SACRIFICE to the front; the other three sides are carved with the names of the Fallen, within a four-panelled carved, round-arched arcade running around the column, with foliate carved motifs in the spandrels. The foot is inscribed: GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS. The memorial stands on a stone base with scrolled broach stops to the corners.

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, 17 January 2017.


The memorial was erected to commemorate the lives of the men of the congregation of Umberslade Baptist Church who died during the First World War. Umberslade Baptist Church had been built in 1877 by George Frederick Muntz Jnr of Umberslade Hall, an industrialist and Baptist convert.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in the grounds of Christ Church Baptist Church is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this church community, and the sacrifices it has made in the conflicts of the C20.
* Architectural interest: for the quality of the design and craftsmanship of this sombre and dignified memorial;
* Group value: with the listed Christ Church Baptist Church, in whose churchyard it stands.

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