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War Memorial in the churchyard of St Alban's Church

A Grade II Listed Building in Newtown, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4447 / 51°26'41"N

Longitude: 0.228 / 0°13'40"E

OS Eastings: 554928

OS Northings: 174105

OS Grid: TQ549741

Mapcode National: GBR VH.N55

Mapcode Global: VHHNT.WYWB

Entry Name: War Memorial in the churchyard of St Alban's Church

Listing Date: 14 November 2014

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1422533

Location: Dartford, Kent, DA1

County: Kent

District: Dartford

Electoral Ward/Division: Newtown

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bexley

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Dartford St Alban

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Summary

War memorial. Erected in 1920 by Messrs G Maile and Son Ltd.

Description

Located at the north-west corner of the church at the junction of St Alban's and Colney Roads, the memorial is in the form of a rough-hewn Celtic cross. It is made of grey Cornish granite, with a curved, boulder-like, plinth standing on a square, two stage base. The lower stage is of Portland stone and is a later addition. The front face of the cross bears a Sword of Sacrifice in relief. The front face of the plinth bears the following inscription: ‘THE/ GLORIOUS/ DEAD/ IN GRATEFUL AND LOVING/ MEMORY OF THE MEN/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WARS/ 1914-1919 1939-1945’.


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, 30 November 2016.

History

The memorial, the first to commemorate the fallen of the First World War in Dartford, was designed by Messrs G Maile and Son Ltd of 357 and 367 Euston Road, London, a company specialising in granite funerary monuments and which erected a large number of war memorials throughout the country. It was unveiled on 8 December 1920 by HRH The Duke of York. The inscription was subsequently altered to commemorate the Second World War. Originally located on the south side of the church, it was moved to the north-east corner in the late C20.

It was relatively unusual for a parish memorial not to bear the names of the fallen, perhaps in this case for reasons of cost or a wish to respond quickly, since the later town memorial bears around 350 names.  

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial in the church yard of St Alban's, Dartford, unveiled in 1920, 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 community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20;
* Architectural interest: as a sombre and dignified memorial, relatively unusual for a parish memorial in not bearing the names of the fallen.

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