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Alveston War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Alveston, South Gloucestershire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5851 / 51°35'6"N

Longitude: -2.5298 / 2°31'47"W

OS Eastings: 363391

OS Northings: 187489

OS Grid: ST633874

Mapcode National: GBR JT.C8CX

Mapcode Global: VH883.3FG7

Entry Name: Alveston War Memorial

Listing Date: 11 March 2015

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1425312

Location: Alveston, South Gloucestershire, BS35

County: South Gloucestershire

Civil Parish: Alveston

Built-Up Area: Alveston

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Gloucestershire

Church of England Parish: Alveston and Littleton-on-Severn with Elberton

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

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Summary

A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921.

Description

A war memorial, designer unknown, constructed circa 1921.

MATERIALS: onstructed from rough-faced granite.

PLAN: the war memorial cross is set upon a square platform.

DESCRIPTION: the memorial takes the form of a Celtic cross, with carved knot work in panels to the arms and shaft. The tapering, square-section shaft is set into a tapering plinth with a moulded top, which sits upon a shallow base. The plinth carries inset inscriptions in black. The principal face is inscribed TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / THE MEN WHO FELL IN THE / GREAT WAR 1914-1918. / AND 1939-1945 / THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. The remaining faces carry the names of the Fallen from each of the conflicts: 18 in the First World War and 14 from the Second World War. The memorial is set on a two-stepped concrete platform.

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, 11 January 2017.

History

The war memorial was erected after about 1921, in a prominent location alongside the main road, in the churchyard of the parish church of St Helen (Grade II).

Originally set up to honour the Fallen of the First World War, the memorial was altered after the Second World War by the addition of the details of the men who lost their lives in that conflict. It underwent conservation work in 2001.

Reasons for Listing

The war memorial cross at Alveston is listed at Grade II, for the following principal reasons:
* Historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impacts of world events on this community, and the sacrifices it made in the conflicts of the C20.
* Group value: with the Grade II-listed church of St Helen, which provides its backdrop.

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