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Shepreth War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Shepreth, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1122 / 52°6'43"N

Longitude: 0.0324 / 0°1'56"E

OS Eastings: 539268

OS Northings: 247932

OS Grid: TL392479

Mapcode National: GBR L8B.H0W

Mapcode Global: VHHKM.H5ZM

Entry Name: Shepreth War Memorial

Listing Date: 16 February 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1424181

Location: Shepreth, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, SG8

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Shepreth

Built-Up Area: Shepreth

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Shepreth All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Summary

War memorial, probably erected 1920. Later additions for the Second World War.

Description

Shepreth’s war memorial stands on a small Green defined by High Street and Meldreth Road. It is a 3.5m high Celtic cross in granite, the head set on a tapered shaft mounted on a tapered plinth on a three-stepped square base. Inscribed in relief on the head and shaft is:

TO/ THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND/ IN/ MEMORY/ OF/ THE/ MEN/ OF/ THIS/ VILLAGE/ WHO/ GAVE/ THEIR/ LIVES/ IN/ THE/ GREAT/ WAR/ 1914/ 1918

On the plinth are the ten names of those who died in the First World War; the names of three men who died in the Second have been added below. The memorial has a flagged surround defined by a low chain suspended on squat stone posts.

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 January 2017.

History

The memorial was probably erected in 1920, the year it was professionally photographed, with wreaths at its base, by H C Chapman of Barrington. An incorrectly spelt name was corrected in 2013, following which the memorial was re-dedicated.

Reasons for Listing

Shepreth’s War Memorial, which stands on the Green in front of Docwra’s Manor, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
* 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;
* Design: a modest yet well executed memorial;
* Group value: the memorial has group value with the Grade II*-listed Docwra’s Manor, the Grade II-listed gates, piers and walls of Docwra’s Manor, and other listed structures that stand around the Green.

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