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Geddington War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Geddington, Northamptonshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.4379 / 52°26'16"N

Longitude: -0.6849 / 0°41'5"W

OS Eastings: 489497

OS Northings: 283025

OS Grid: SP894830

Mapcode National: GBR DWW.1PM

Mapcode Global: VHFNL.2ZSH

Entry Name: Geddington War Memorial

Listing Date: 10 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425141

Location: Geddington, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14

County: Northamptonshire

District: Kettering

Civil Parish: Geddington

Built-Up Area: Geddington

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Geddington St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

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Summary

War memorial, 1921. Later additions for the Second World War.

Description

The Geddington memorial stands within the churchyard, south-west of the church of St Mary Magdalene (listed Grade I). It comprises a c9m high floriated Latin cross with IHS in a shield at the top. The cross-head is set on an hexagonal pillar which rises from a square plinth set on a two-stepped octagonal base. On the plinth is inscribed 1914 – 1918/ IN UNDYING MEMORY OF/ THE MEN OF GEDDINGTON/ WHO IN THE GREAT WAR/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR US. The inscription ALSO/ 1939-1945 has been added below, to the top step of the base. Nearby, on the outer west wall of the south aisle of the church are three tablets bearing names and additional inscriptions.

The outer concrete path around the memorial is excluded from the listing.

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, 17 January 2017.

History

A memorial committee was formed in July 1919, and reported its proposals in January 1920 for a memorial cross and a tablet carrying the names of all 170 Geddington men who had served to be erected in the churchyard. Construction took a month and immediately afterwards, on 28 July 1921, the memorial was unveiled by Major Wetherall of Northampton. An additional inscription was made following the Second World War.

Reasons for Listing

Geddington War Memorial, which stands in the churchyard to the south-west of the church of St Mary Magdalene, 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: an elegant limestone cross;
* Group value: it stands alongside the Grade I-listed church of St Mary Magdalene.

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