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Elton (Cambridgeshire) Memorial Cross

A Grade II Listed Building in Elton, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.5289 / 52°31'44"N

Longitude: -0.3961 / 0°23'45"W

OS Eastings: 508904

OS Northings: 293547

OS Grid: TL089935

Mapcode National: GBR GYR.GP3

Mapcode Global: VHFNC.2PZP

Entry Name: Elton (Cambridgeshire) Memorial Cross

Listing Date: 10 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425092

Location: Elton, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire, PE8

County: Cambridgeshire

District: Huntingdonshire

Civil Parish: Elton

Built-Up Area: Elton

Traditional County: Huntingdonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Elton

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Summary

War memorial, c1920. Later addition for the Second World War.

Description

The war memorial stands in the south-east corner of the churchyard of the Grade II*-listed church of All Saints. The memorial is in the form of a c. 5m high wheel-head cross in a pale grey granite, with rope decoration in relief running up the sides of the square-sectioned shaft and around the wheel-head. A short, tapering, plinth is set on a three-stage, stepped, octagonal base.

The inscription on the plinth reads TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL/ MEMORY OF THE MEN OF ELTON/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the flanks of the plinth; to the rear is an inscription recording one man lost in the Second World War.

This List entry has been amended to add the source for War Memorials Register. 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 presumably constructed shortly after the end of the First World War, like the majority of those in England.

Reasons for Listing

Elton (Cambridgeshire) Memorial Cross, which stands in the churchyard of All Saints’ Church, is listed at Grade II for the following 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 well-executed example of its type;
* Group value: with the Grade II*-listed All Saints’ church and with the Calvary memorial attached to the Grade II-listed estate yard opposite.

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