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Hucclecote Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Hucclecote, Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8541 / 51°51'14"N

Longitude: -2.1842 / 2°11'3"W

OS Eastings: 387407

OS Northings: 217299

OS Grid: SO874172

Mapcode National: GBR 1L8.LMD

Mapcode Global: VH94D.3N4G

Entry Name: Hucclecote Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 10 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425089

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3

County: Gloucestershire

District: Gloucester

Electoral Ward/Division: Hucclecote

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Gloucester

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Hucclecote St Philip and St James

Church of England Diocese: Gloucester

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Summary

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

Description

Set back from the road on a raised, gravelled, area, the memorial is comprised of a rough-hewn granite cross on a large plinth raised on a two-stepped base. The recessed sides of the plinth are inscribed with the inscriptions and names. The front face contains the inscription THIS CROSS IS ERECTED/ IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ THOSE WHO FROM THIS PARISH/ GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE/ GREAT WAR/ 1914-1918

A sloping stone tablet placed in front of the lowest step, added following the Second World War, carries the inscription ALSO TO THE GLORIOUS MEMORY/ OF THE FOLLOWING WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES/ IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR/ 1939-1945/ (NAMES)/ AND THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/ IN THIS PARISH THROUGH ENEMY ACTION (NAMES)

Posts carrying a chain in front of the memorial enclose the raised area in which it stands.

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, 10 January 2017.

History

The memorial was unveiled by local clergy on 21 November 1920 as a memorial to the men of Hucclecote who died in the First World War. During the Second World War a bomb fell on the village, killing seven people, including several members of the same family. These names are recorded alongside the servicemen who died in the Second World War.

The memorial was restored and re-dedicated as a Millennium Project and was unveiled by the Mayor of Gloucester, assisted by Ms Connie Casey, whose father was the first man from the village to be killed in the First World War.

Reasons for Listing

Hucclecote Memorial Cross, which is situated at the junction of Green Lane and Hucclecote 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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