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Huncoat War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Huncoat, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.7694 / 53°46'9"N

Longitude: -2.3365 / 2°20'11"W

OS Eastings: 377915

OS Northings: 430394

OS Grid: SD779303

Mapcode National: GBR DS3V.YH

Mapcode Global: WH96Y.2JM4

Entry Name: Huncoat War Memorial

Listing Date: 12 February 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1424126

Location: Hyndburn, Lancashire, BB5

County: Lancashire

District: Hyndburn

Electoral Ward/Division: Huncoat

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Accrington

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Accrington St John

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn

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First World War memorial. 1922, with later additions for the Second World War.


The war memorial stands on high ground on the southern side of the Recreation Ground. Nearly 5m tall, it is in the form of a stone Celtic cross raised on a plinth and standing on a three-stepped base. The arms of the cross are decorated with an interlace pattern. It is surrounded by a square area of sunken paving. The inscriptions and names are recorded on the plinth and the middle steps. The inscription to those lost in the First World War reads TO OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY/ PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION AD 1922/ IN ETERNAL REMEMBRANCE OF/ THE MEN OF HUNCOAT/ WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR/ KING AND COUNTRY/ IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918/ GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS

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, 2 February 2017.


The war memorial in remembrance of the men of Huncoat lost in the First World War was unveiled by local clergy and dignitaries on 29 April 1922. The memorial was repaired in 1936 after being blown over in a storm. Its railings, part of the original design, were removed in 1939. The names of those who died in the Second World War were added after 1945.

Reasons for Listing

Huncoat War Memorial, which stands in the Recreation Ground off Burnley Road, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reason:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the local community, and the sacrifice it made in the conflicts of the C20.

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