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Whittlesford Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire

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Latitude: 52.1135 / 52°6'48"N

Longitude: 0.1501 / 0°9'0"E

OS Eastings: 547321

OS Northings: 248312

OS Grid: TL473483

Mapcode National: GBR L8H.GRG

Mapcode Global: VHHKP.K45M

Entry Name: Whittlesford Cross

Listing Date: 23 April 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425040

Location: Whittlesford, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, CB22

County: Cambridgeshire

District: South Cambridgeshire

Civil Parish: Whittlesford

Built-Up Area: Whittlesford

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Whittlesford St Mary and St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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First World War memorial,1920. Later additions for the Second World War.


The memorial stands at Guildhall Corner, on a main road junction in the village. Of Portland stone it comprises a Latin cross at the head of a tall, slender, shaft, the whole in the style of a medieval churchyard cross. The shaft engages with a square, two-stage, plinth. On the principal, lower, part of the plinth facing the road is the inscription IN GRATEFUL MEMORY/ OF THE MEN OF/ WHITTLESFORD/ WHO FELL IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914 - 1918/ IN HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE

Fifteen names are carved on the sides of the plinth and on the rear GREATER LOVE/ HATH NO MAN/ THAN THIS/ THAT A MAN/ LAY DOWN HIS LIFE/ FOR HIS FRIENDS

while on the upper part of the plinth is 1939 - 1945 (8 NAMES).

The whole stands on a three-stage octagonal stepped base.

The memorial space is defined to the rear by an angled brick wall surmounted with railings.

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.


The war memorial was unveiled on 25 January 1920. Following the Second World War, eight names were added to the memorial.

Reasons for Listing

Whittlesford Cross, at Guildhall Corner, 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: several other listed structures stand around the road junction including the Grade II*-listed medieval Guildhall.

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